Born in Chicago, Illinois on October 16, 1978.
Reyes developed an interest in art while attending St. Gregory High School where she developed techniques for painting and drawing. Realizing her passion for art, she went on to further her education at Colombia College Chicago in 1997. In college, she enrolled in drawing, painting, photography, sewing and jewelry classes to develop a well-rounded knowledge of different forms of design, which she later uses in her works of art. During her training and education she studied under Mario E. Castillo, American-Mexican Muralist. In 2002, she graduated from Colombia College with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. Reyes first featured her jewelry designs and garments in the “Colombia College Fashion Show” 2000. In 2004, she started working for a handbag company, 1154 Lill Studio where she became familiar with design, color, construction, and composition.
About my artwork
Reyes' work is Urban, Pop, Surrealism, mainly consisting of urban landscapes, the environment and its' people along with questioning social issues. Many of her pieces are extracted from photographs that she has taken on her daily commute on bike to and from various neighborhoods of Chicago. On these long journeys, she took notice of the injustice in between race, class system as well as the process of gentrification in many neighborhoods. Advertisements and its affect on society is also something she explores in her work. She uses similar techniques used in advertisement to grab the attention of her audience so that they become aware of these issues, as described by Reyes " My hope is to leave my audience questioning ideas within themselves and moving them to open the gates of communication, allowing them not to be afraid to express who they are and how they feel."
Artists I like
Bansky, Roberto Matta, Frida Kahlo, Obey, Andy Warhol, Lichenstein, and Bains.
Urban Art, Pop Art, Street Art, Surrealism, Fashion, Jewelry, and Electronic Music.
What exhibitions are good at the moment?
La Llorona Gallery (The Luis Barragan Legacy), MCA (Italian Art Works), Art Institute of Chicago, National Museum of Mexican Art (Women of Juarez).
That comment you left for Roland was spot on. I have not been a working artist for very long but I am already selling and working because I have spent time and effort marketing and setting up a solid business. It is, however unfortunate that many brilliant artist just won't have the kind of acumen it takes to set up this side of what they do. Is that right? I'd be interested to know what you think.
I work for 26 years as an artist without education.
Now I have accumulated a treasure in pieces of art,
however, i´am not able to survive without help.
Do you have similar experiences.
Is it necessairy to be studied, to be able of life as an artist ?