Ronald DeWitt Mills-Pinyas
Born in Neosho, Missouri in 1952, Ronald DeWitt Mills (later Mills-Pinyas) lived the first two years of his life in Germany and later in New Mexico, Arizona, Louisiana, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas. He moved to California in 1970 for his education, later moving to Oregon in 1979 to continue an artistic and teaching career.
A prolific studio painter, printmaker and muralist, Mills-Pinyas is represented in Barcelona and Amsterdam by VILLA DEL ARTE GALLERIES; in Portland, Oregon by LAURA VINCENT DESIGN & GALLERY; in Santa Ana, Costa Rica by GALERIA EMAI; and in McMinnville, Oregon by The Gallery at Ten Oaks.
Mills-Pinyas has created permanent murals in Oregon, three in Costa Rica (San Pedro, San Ramón and Santa Ana) and one in Mexico in Cuernavaca at the Universidad Autónoma de Morelos. In 2012, Mills-Pinyas created murals for Oregon State University's Hallie Ford Center with support from the Ford Family Foundation and the Oregon Arts Commission. In 2016 he completed a large cycle of murals at EMAI, School of the Integrated Arts in Santa Ana, Costa Rica (Escuela Municipal de Artes Integradas). Mills-Pinyas has had extended residencies in Spain, France, Mexico and Costa Rica.
Mills-Pinyas has won two Senior Fulbright Research Grants for ethno-aesthetic research in Central America (1987-88, 1994-95). He also won an Oregon Council for the Humanities grant in 1999 toward the study of Costa Rican indigenous populations with Costa Rican ethnomusicologist Dr. Jorge Luis Acevedo.
With Acevedo, Mills-Pinyas formed CEDIA, a research organization and ethnological collection attending to tribal cultural arts and shamanism among various threatened tribal groups in Central America (Cabécar, Bribri, Térraba, Maleku, Boruca). CEDIA has collaborated through lectures and loans to domestic and international museums. The Mills-Acevedo CEDIA collection and archives are located in Santa Ana, Costa Rica.
Mills-Pinyas served as Professor of Studio Art for forty years at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. He was named Edith Green Distinguished Professor of Art in 1994 and was the recipient of the Thomas and Julie Olds Award for Artistic Excellence in 2014. Mills-Pinyas has taught at the University of Costa Rica in San Pedro; Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; the University of Morelos in Cuernavaca, Mexico; Pitzer College in Claremont, California; Claremont Graduate University; and Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.
Mills-Pinyas is Professor Emeritus of Studio Art at Linfield College. Married to María Isabel Pinyas-Mills, Isabel and Ron have made their homes and studios in the Eola Hills in Oregon's wine country, in Portland, Oregon and in Arenys de Mar, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Ron has three sons and three grandchildren. Ron's interests include hiking, particularly along the Camino de Santiago in Spain.