Reynier Llanes was born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba in 1985. He attended the city’s school of art (Instructores de arte) for four years and completed his studies in 2004. In Havana, Reynier was tutored by one of the country’s most recognized realist artists, Juan Miguel Suárez.
In 2007 LIanes availed himself of an opportunity to emigrate from Cuba and moved to the United States, first settling in Naples, FL and then in Charleston, SC.
In 2012 Oxford America recognized Llanes as one of the "New Superstars of Southern Art." He was awarded a "First Purchase Award" for a piece now in the art collection of the city of Charleston 2011 at Moja Art Festival Juried Exhibition Award. His art is on permanent exhibition in the Museum collection of Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC,Cornell Fine Arts Museum Rollins College, and Snite Museum of Art - South Bend, Indiana. His work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries throughout the East Coast, among them the Naples Museum of Art in Naples, FL. While living in Charleston, SC and in addition to painting, Llanes worked as an art consultant for the renowned artist Jonathan Green at Green’s Downtown studio.
Llanes is also an avid art collector in his own right, focusing on works by artists from Cuba, and in particular those from his native province of Pinar del Río. A selection of works from his collection was exhibited at City Gallery in Charleston in 2013 and in the Art Museum in Myrtle Beach in 2015.
In 2015 Llanes relocated with his family to Miami in order to take advantage of the city’s international art market and vibrant cultural life and to be closer to his home country. South Florida is, of course, home to a large Cuban exile and emigré community many of whose intellectuals, collectors, and fellow artists have welcomed Llanes into their cosmopolitan scene. He recently had a solo exhibition, his first in South Florida, at Miami Dade College West, in Doral.