b. Sagamihara, Japan 1956
Renée Rey is an award-winning artist working in New York City and southwest Florida.
In Rey's post modern telescopic paintings and mixed media artwork, she explores time, space and motion as a metaphor for changes and exchanges in contemporary political and societal constructs, connections between people around the world, and to nature, and existential narratives of individual and collective purpose and responsibility for the health of our sentient planet.
Transition in liminal spaces between the temporal and sublime sweep across substrates exploding in alternate and utopian realities. Non-hierarchical and relational narratives of equality in nature, disruption of primordial and natural systems, nature and technology, culture and nature, migration, historical legacy, and memory are informed by her fascination with science, philosophy, religion and the mystical.
Formal language of abstraction and realism are ruptured and conflated in her ethereal universes. Soft and hard edges of natural and human landscapes advance and recede poetically in self-imposed structures of fragmentation, illusion, palimpsest and emotion. Systems of saturated color and staccato mark-making explode in enigmatic figures, nature and architecture. Alive with movement and mythic polemics, imagery bursts beyond the substrate surface pulling in the viewer with magnetic familiarity and visceral pleasure.
Museum curators and art professionals nationally have taken notice. Rey's artwork represented by Maison 10 Gallery, New York, NY and Judith Liegeois Gallery, Naples, FL. She was accepted in the intensive 2019 Summer Painting Residency at the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. 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.
Rey’s artwork is in collections internationally. She has taught drawing, painting and creative thinking to adults and children for over 8 years in southwest Florida. The artist has studied visual art, computer art and art history on the undergraduate and graduate levels in New York and Florida, and 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.