Patrick Renner is a native Houstonian. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art
Institute in 2004 and his MFA from the New York State College of Art at Alfred University in 2006. Renner has established himself as a sculptor in the Houston art scene, with nearly two decades of exhibition history in his hometown. Additionally, he has shown at venues throughout the US, as well as once in Cuba in a sound arts festival, and more recently at the Busan Art Fair in South Korea in 2016. Renner is co-founder of the public sculpture production company Flying Carpet, established in 2015. Renner makes sculpture ranging from intimate size to large-scale outdoor pieces. In his personal work, the primary medium is architectural refuse, specifically found painted wood. This material is abundant in Houston, due to the high rate of turnover of old buildings in favor of new construction, so there always seems to be piles of wood by the roadside. Renner quilts the various found colored pieces together into new abstract compositions that create a conversation between form and the painterly character on the surface.