Chris Reccardi is an award-winning and Emmy-nominated animator and fine artist. As a director, writer, story artist, designer and musician, Chris was a key player on the original Ren & Stimpy Show and has contributed to numerous other hit animated TV shows such as Samurai Jack, The Powerpuff Girls, and Spongebob Squarepants to name just few. Animated feature film credits include design and story art for Shrek 3 & 4, Mastermind (DreamWorks), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 1 & 2 (Sony Pictures), The Lego Movie 1 & 2, Storks, Ninjago (Warner Bros, 2017) Hotel Transylvania 3 (Sony, 2018) Disney’s Lady & The Tramp (2018) and Spongebob Squarepants 3 (Paramount, 2019). Chris served as Producer and Creative director on Cartoon Network’s Regular Show and Secret Mountain Fort Awesome and has created/co-created several TV pilots including the cult fav The Modifyers (Nickelodeon), Meddlen Meddows, and Imp, Inc.(Cartoon Network). Chris is currently serving as a consultant for Nickelodeon’s new animated shorts program, assuming full duties as Executive Producer in July 2019. Also in re-development is “The Modifyers” as a potential miniseries/theatrical feature among other soon-to-be announced projects.
Chris’s fine art has grown an international collector base, with past gallery exhibitions in Palm Springs, Seattle, Australia and Amsterdam, and sales of his fine art prints are enjoyed on 5 continents. Chris’s story-driven fine art has attracted custom art installations for high-end clients such as the hugely successful eatery Tender Greens at locations in Pasadena (2011) Marina Del Rey (2013) and Westwood (2016). Caesars Entertainment commissioned Reccardi in 2014 for a custom art installation for their massive Linq High Roller project, which features 7 large-format original print murals (the largest measuring 9′ h x 32’w) that create a vibrantly colorful backdrop for the ultra-modern entry complex to the world’s largest observation wheel.
Chris’s fine art reflects a wide range of literary and visual influences, from classic Victorian/Edwardian-era science fiction to 1960’s & 70’s illustration and modern design. Laced throughout with a whimsical touch and innocent humanity, Chris’s art explores characters in rich fantastical settings seemingly caught in subtle “moments” that symbolically tell tales of loneliness, reflection, fear hope and desire.
Chris’s was a founding member of Der Screamin’ Lederhosen, who penned the Ren & Stimpy show title themes as well as various background music throughout the series. His original score for his 2007 pilot for Nickelodeon The Modifyers, added an extra dimension to the cult favorite cartoon. In 2012 Chris joined Elliot Easton (The Cars), Nick Walusko (Brian Wilson, Wondermints) as bassist/art director for Elliot Easton’s Tiki Gods which combined Exotica, 60’s sci-fi themes, and “Space Tiki” musical genres, which includes Chris’s original composition Nocturnia, Moon Goddess. In 2015 Fono66 continued Reccardi’s collaboration with Walusko for a primitive/modern/pop take on the Exotica genre. Chris’s current project Psellophane is recording a soon-to-be released debut album of music Chris describes as “the ultimate Psy-Pop Experience”. (See MUSIC page for more details)
Chris’s picture book entitled “Affirmations for Pessimists” (2013) features over 50 captioned illustrations and is available here at the reccardi.com store and Lulu.com. Prints of each illustration are also available for purchase. An avid surfer, Chris currently resides in Ventura, CA with his extraordinarily talented wife Lynne Naylor.