BIOGRAPHY

Born and raised in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California by her single mother. 

Reena learned at a very young age the value of diligence, persistence, and that having a vision could help one rise above the challenges faced daily.

As a young child, she's played various roles appearing in "Married With Children," "7th Heaven," "Clueless," "Beverly Hills 90210," and in later years,"iCarly." 

Did you know that Reena's first audition and acting job was working with the late singer, and actress, Aaliyah?  On set of the video production "Journey To The Past",  she had no idea what impression Aaliyah would leave Reena for years to come.

Reena trained early on with the legendary Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler Acting School. Years later, she came across the Sanford Meisner technique at Playhouse West, where the acclaimed James Franco studied and taught classes.

Subsequently, Reena worked with Italian film director, Giorgio Serafini in an action film with Dolph Lundgren and Billy Zane. She worked with Nick Cannon on his film “School Dance” playing  the role of Fantasy Girlfriend and worked alongside Norman Reedus in a film directed by Patrick Hoelck called ‘Blak Hat’.  Apart from acting, she writes short films and feature films. She has written action, and science fiction. She co- wrote the Reena Clone Blog Series, which gave Reena an awareness of her directorial capabilities of writing, producing, editing and acting in her own content.

Aside from Film and TV, she has appeared in national commercials, such as Baskin Robbins, Best Buy, Coca Cola, Intel, Samsung and Sprint, etc. And in Print Modeling, Reena has appeared working with sports lifestyle brands, such as ASICS, NIKE, PUMA. 

Did you know that Reena was in a couple pageants? She contended in Miss Pasadena and Miss Teen Asia USA, where she won the category of Miss Photogenic. She gained a lot of experience being under a spotlight on a stage performing in front of her audiences.

As one can see, she not only has high esteem for the Arts, but is well rounded in scholastics and received her BA in Communication Studies. She still furthers her education by attending art seminars to space conferences and reading books of Great Art Masters to Finance to  Personal Development books.

In 2014, she was a recipient the Young Ambassador of Goodwill Award.

 (*Reena's mom would instill philanthropy characteristics upon Reena. One of their mother & daughter bonding projects would be sending boxes to the Philippines containing useful things such as clothes, cans, shoes, accessories, etc.,)

In 2017,  she was  a recipient of the Woman Of Worth Awards in the category of Entertainment by the State of California.

In 2018, Reena won "Astronaut Of The Year " Award from Mars Academy USA. A low fidelity astronaut analog training program to expand the exponential technologies in astronautics. Reena has joined three missions as Crew Artronaut, 2 missions as Executive Officer as well as Greenhab Officer and Crew Commander.

Reena resides in LA and stays in England half the year where she paints in her studio in the outskirts of London. She enjoys "arting" around (a term she uses when she's creatively making something other than painting on canvas). She daydreams of street art, loves training at the gym in West Hollywood, walks with her old dog, laughing and traveling with her girlfriends, and being a supportive, loving daughter to her family. 


 ART

RT always painted as a child. Her grand father was a well known architecture/creative designer, and her childhood babysitter (whom RT considers as a grandmother) would paint oil paintings of her family, landscapes and simple portraiture paintings.  

RT had her first art show at Downtown Art Walk of May 2011.

Shortly after she went on a 2 year hiatus. She didn't want to paint or touch a brush.

Later a new inspiration sparked inside her to paint again! She would paint in her home and sometimes use AirBnB as a private painting getaway. In 2016, RT  then sparked a new inspiration for her current series “Hollywood Icons of 1990s: Gone But NeverForgotten.” She came back full swing with her new work at the Stone Malone Gallery on the famous fashion street, Melrose Avenue! RT has had past art shows displayed at RAW artists (LA), Street Art Fair International,  AC Gallery, Stone Malone Gallery, Skirball Center and Art Basel Miami 2017.

In February 2018, she had her second solo art show during All Star weekend held in Los Angeles.   "RT's NBA ALL STARS" featured 13 original art works in addition to art installments surrounding certain art pieces.

In March 2018, she attended Art Basel Hong Kong. She was also commissioned to do some of her "Shoparazzi "street artwork in what was named in Lifestyle Asia Magazine's #1 top Mexican restaurant in Hong kong, 11 West Side.

In May 2018 RT joined Mars Academy USA as an Intern and gave and was asked to give an "ARTRONAUT" presentation on Artists and Space for Crew 1114. 

In July she was asked to join Crew 1117 as the Crew Artronaut and Greenhab Officer on a full scholarship. 

In October she was asked to  give a presentation at IAC (International Astronautical Conference) to talk about the role of art in astro wellness in space during isolated environments and she digitally showcased  her Astronaut Trilogy paintings made exclusively for the IAC presentation. 

In November 2018 she was asked to join Crew 1119 as Executive Officer and Artronaut. She has lead the Body Mapping sessions and the blind fold canvas sessions in two missions.

In December 2018 she was invited to attend UBS's Private Lounge at Art Basel. Also, you can see her street art all over Wynwood in this year's Art Basel.

During Art Basel 2019, RT brought her Trilogy Bruce Lee series to Hong Kong! She installed three art installations in three different restaurants (Chino HK, Bindaas, and 11 Westside). Her piece "Unlease Bruce" sold instantly, but you can still see " Kareem and Bruce" and "Nanchaku Bruce" at Bindaas and 11 Westside.

In 2020, she did a couple of Kobe Bryant Tributes on the historically famed  Jim Morrison's Love Street and ESPN, Sports Center featured her on billboard on Sunset Blvd. 

She has received artist editorials and article mentions with Koncept, Elegant, Baller Status, PUSH, and VoyageLA Magazine, Tainted Magazine, Coachella Magazine, and Hype Beast.

RT has done street art with her music campaign " I'm a Shoparazzi" to gain more exposure for her single " SHOPARAZZI" in Berlin, Miami, New York, Paris, Hong Kong and LA.

Shoparazzi Street Art during Berlin Art Week 2018: https://youtu.be/74l76_NniuA

RT had a virtual show with BOS Gallery (Dublin, Ireland) touring Europe showcasing her added All Stars to her " NBA ALL STARS 2021" with a painting of Trey Young, Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard as the new additions!

In 2021, Trey Young collected the painting in his private collection in  Atlanta, Georgia.

In 2022, RT is set to speak at a panel in Cambridge University, UK about Astro-wellness and the role of art therapy in confined spaces in space in April.

More original artworks coming soon!!


Reena Trivia!

Reena's Great Grand Aunt, Fely Franquelli, was " HOLLYWOOD'S ONLY FILIPINO ACTRESS". She played the important role of Luisite in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production of "Cry Havoc". the all-feminine cast is headed by Margaret Sullivan, Ann Southern, Marsha Hunt, Joan Blondell and Fey Beinter. It was directed by Richard Thorpe, produced by Edwin  Knopf.

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