b. Sagamihara, Japan 1956
Renée Rey is an award-winning painter living in New York City and southwest Florida.
Rey is fascinated by alternative universes and mystical states of mind. In her telescopic paintings and mixed media artwork, the collision of content and materials stimulate the experience of movement in hybridized ecospheres. She questions societal constructs and existential narratives of equality, hierarchy in nature and human interaction in the physical world. Constellations of natural imagery and human made technologies that she patterns, weave in and out of existence like a game of celestial hide and seek. She experiment with varied viscosities of acrylic and oil paint, grittiness of sand paper and luminosity of stand oil that illuminate the ethereal and the empirical.
Trans disciplinary studies and a Jewish/Christian/French/Armenian/USA multi-cultural background influence her work. 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.