(b. 1991, New York City)
James Reyes is an American artist who lives and works in New York City. Born to Puerto Rican and Colombian parents and raised in the Bronx, Reyes’s works are directly inspired by his cultural and social environment. His intensely gestural, occasionally chaotic brushstrokes, splashes, drips, sprays, and scrapes conjure figures both fully rendered and surreal, creating a mesmerizing push-and-pull between figuration and abstraction. Reyes maintains sensibilities from his background in illustration in each of his large-scale paintings. Using materials ranging from oil paint to mechanical lubricant, he creates a visual diary of his experiences, dreams, and philosophies.
Reyes received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and has since exhibited at numerous galleries, museums and fairs across the U.S. During his time with Apostrophe NYC’s Base 12 Project, he participated in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, Coney Island’s Luna Park, Mana Contemporary, and the MTA’s Kosciuszko Street J train Station. He currently shows with Ki Smith Gallery and has works in several prominent private and public collections.