THE RENDON GALLERY is a contemporary art space located in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. Named for the landmark hotel in which it is situated, The Rendon Gallery, launched in early 2019, is a supportive platform for a diverse range of artists both local and international. Inspired by the rich cultural history of the surrounding area, the gallery’s focus is to develop a creative hub, energizing L.A.’s artistic community. The Rendon Gallery presents work across a wide variety of media, disciplines and culture from traditional to installation and performance based art.
Ralph Ziman and Maria Greenshields-Ziman
Ralph Ziman and Maria Greenshields-Ziman, owners of The Rendon and founders of Art At The Rendon, are both working artists. They have exhibited their artwork in galleries around the world. This artistic background gives them a creative, forward-thinking approach to property development. They seek out ways to preserve the historical elements of existing buildings such as The Rendon, while revitalizing and redesigning each property for the future.
To that end, Ralph and Maria have been developing properties together for the last decade. They began collaborating in 2009 with a series of residential development builds in Venice Beach. To date they have built close to two dozen, modern architectural homes, many from the ground up. They have also worked numerous commercial properties together, including a shop and retail development on the resurgent Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice Beach. They completed a loving restoration at 901 Pacific Avenue in Venice, a red brick building from 1912 that had suffered a half century of neglect. It’s now home to several shops and artist’s studios. Their restoration projects fuse sensitivity to original vernacular with a functional, bold, contemporary architectural style.
Director of Programming, Projects & Community Partnerships // Event Producer // Curator
Cindy Schwarzstein is an art curator, event producer, and community leader based in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. She has been creating and hosting cultural events and programming for more than twenty-five years and has in-depth knowledge of all aspects of hotel management and tourism. Cindy received her Bachelors of Science in Hospitality Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has worked in management at many Los Angeles area hotels, including The Ritz Carlton (Dana Point), Marriott (Irvine Marriott and Los Angeles Airport Marriott), and Joie de Vivre Hotels (Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach).
Cindy honed her knowledge of various art markets as a production director for Action Sports Retailer and Surfer Publications (Surfer, Skateboarder, Bike, and Powder magazines). During this time she organized components of highly successful trade shows and expos, and built relationships with professional artists, including graffiti and street artists. In 2012, she combined her experience in hospitality and tourism management, hotel operations, event planning, and publishing, to start her own full-service, cross-platform, art experience company, Cartwheel Art. Cartwheel Art provides diverse, community-driven programming such as guided group tours, immersive experiences, and curated exhibitions. Recent successes include the LA Art Show, Hotel Indigo, Airbnb, Atlas Obscura, and the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board. For the past six years, Cindy has been an active board member of the Los Angeles River Artists & Business Association (LARABA). She is deeply involved in the culture, commerce, and community of Downtown Los Angeles.
Michelle Homami is Art At The Rendon and The Rendon Gallery’s Executive Assistant, and Production Manager for RHYTHMS OF THE CITY.
A native Angeleno, and artist from age 5, Michelle has been immersed in the Los Angeles art scene from a very young age. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California, with a BA in Fine Arts, where she coupled her first-hand artistic experiences with a formal broad-based art education. After graduating USC, Michelle applied her penchant for the arts at various non-profit organizations, where she was involved in creative direction, marketing and sales. In 2018, Michelle brought her creative and social marketing skills to Art at the Rendon’s inaugural event, HIDDEN ROOMS, and sophomore event, STORIES. More recently, Michelle has served as the Lead Sales Associate for Ralph Ziman’s The Casspir Project exhibition at The Rendon Gallery.
In addition to providing a platform for artists, The Rendon Gallery supports the local community by using our events as fundraisers for local nonprofits and by providing arts education programs.
During The Casspir Project exhibit at The Rendon Gallery in early 2019, The Rendon team brought more than 300 students and educators from local schools, including Alliance Virgil Roberts Leadership Academy, View Park Prep Accelerated Charter, Inner-City Arts, Para Los Niños, and Augustus Hawkins High School, to the gallery to experience the art, meet artists, join a drum circle, and participate in an art workshop. These educational events were organized with help from Adam Ayala of Smile South Central, Ron Finley of The Ron Finley Project, Asuka Hisa with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), and Angelina Coppola of Cartwheel Art. Our teaching artists included Joseph “Nuke” Montalvo, Gerald C. Rivers, Skid Robot, and Marcel “Sel” Blanco. Artist & Craftsman donated art supplies for the students to use.