b. Sagamihara, Japan 1956
Renée Rey is an award-winning artist living and working in Bronx, NY and southwest Florida. Born in Japan, Renée Rey grew up in a bucolic valley in upstate New York and the mountains of New Hampshire. Her Jewish Armenian heritage and her connection to diverse places and people around the world fuel her political and social art activism. She is interested in the connections and collisions of science, technology, planet, and people around the world. In her work, she explores the alchemy of raw and refined, spiritual and intellectual poetry, and abstraction and realism.
Rey's artwork has been selected for national awards and exhibitions by art professionals, museum curators and gallerists including Alejo Benedetti, Curatorial Assistant, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AK; Jade Dellinger, Director of Exhibits & Collections, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida Southwestern State College, Fort Myers, FL, 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, Erin Wright, Curator at Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA and Gisela Carbonell, Curator, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Orlando, FL.
Rey was invited to the School of Visual Arts Summer Painting Residency, New York, NY, 2019 and Sun Peak Center for Art and Sustainability, Colorado Springs, CO, 2106. She has taught drawing, painting and creative thinking to adults and children for over 8 years in southwest Florida. The artist has studied drawing, painting, 3D design, film, performance art, computer art and art history on the undergraduate and graduate levels in New York and Florida. Rey holds an MBA in Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, an A.A.S. Interior Design, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, an M.A. Jewish Education, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY and a B.A. Judaic Studies; University at Albany, Albany, NY.