b. Sagamihara, Japan 1956
Renée Rey is an award-winning painter living in New York City and southwest Florida.
Rey's Jewish/Christian/French/Armenian/USA multi-cultural background, and birthplace in Japan have informed her work as she explores societal constructs and existential narratives of equality, hierarchy in nature versus technology, and interaction and interconnection between people around the world.
In her most recent exhibitions in ALL WOMAN, Maison 10, New York, NY in 2019 and in Insatiable—contemporary investigations of hunger, desire, longing, Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin, FL in 2018, Rey encourages viewers to question binary concepts of nature and technology, sustainability and overconsumption, and loss and renewal.
She holds an MBA in Management/Concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, MA in Jewish Education and undergraduate degrees in Judaic Studies and Interior Design. Rey has studied painting, drawing, art history, performance art, sound design and interior architectural design on the undergraduate level and film and computer art on the graduate level. For over 10 years, she taught painting, drawing, creative expression and interior design to adults and children.
Art curators and gallery professionals nationally have taken notice. In March 2017, she was awarded Best in Show in Art Encounters National Competition 2017, a national juried exhibit, Frederick O. Watson Gallery, von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL, by Jurors Jade Dellinger, Director, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Fort Myers, FL, Alejo Benedetti, Curatorial Assistant, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, and Mallory O’Connor, Professor of Art History, Emerita, Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL. Her paintings have been selected for exhibit at the Farmington Museum, New Mexico by Dr. Julie Sasse, Chief Curator, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and Curator of Latin American Art at the Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ for a national juried exhibit and Florida Contemporary 2015 Exhibition, Baker Museum, Artis-Naples, Naples, FL, and by Gisela Carbonell, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Special Collections, at the Artis-Naples, Baker Museum, Naples, FL. Rey's paintings have been in exhibitions curated by Erin Wright, Curator at Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, Zoe Larkins, Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO, and Susan Welsh, Executive Director, Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA.