b. Sagamihara, Japan 1956
Renée Rey provocatively intertwines abstraction and realism in her imagined painting, drawing and mixed media visions. Sensuous mark making, vivid hue, and anthropomorphic form merge through landscape, architecture, industrial form, and the human figure. “For me, drawing, painting and the use of traditional and non-traditional materials are the same artistic gender since they all require compositional and color relationship exploration, unexpected accidents, and an intuitive process that transcend the medium, substrate or subject matter.” Varied line quality, balanced size and shape of imagery and illusion of 3-D space are rooted in her early professinal interior design career when hand drafted plans and renderings could be artistic works in themselves.
With a multi-disciplinary academic and professional careers, and multi-cultural Jewish/Christian/French/Armenian/USA background and birthplace in Japan, Rey searches for differences and dichotomies, and unexpected associations and commonalities in an ever increasing complex world. She builds an iconography influenced by her examination into the Bible, Qu’ran, Eastern religion, Kabbalah, wisdom literature, mythology, politics, science, biodiversity, and memories. A love affair with connection, the artist with a singular aesthetic and unique viewpoint blends traditional and contemporary artistic style and investigates spiritual, political and social themes through the lens of the past and present.
Art curators and gallery professionals nationally and internationally 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, former 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 and Zoe Larkins, Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO.
Rey lives and works in New York City, NY and Naples, FL.