Julio Reyes (b. 1982),
Julio Reyes (b. 1982), "Firefly," 2021, egg tempera on panel, 14 x 16 in.

Exhibition On View

Julio Reyes: Recent Paintings
Arcadia Contemporary, New York City
May 22–June 13, 2021

The artist Julio Reyes is celebrating his 10th anniversary with Arcadia Contemporary with a show of new paintings. Both partners moved recently: the gallery from California to Manhattan, and the artist from California to Texas with his wife (and equally gifted fellow artist), Candice Bohannon.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Reyes is of Mexican heritage: his father was born to immigrants in the U.S. and earned an Ivy League education, eventually becoming a doctor. Reyes’s mother picked grapes upon arriving, and many members of that family experienced oppressive poverty. Earning his B.F.A. from Laguna College of Art and Design was not an obvious career choice for Reyes, but one that has yielded extraordinary artworks ever since.

Often depicting lone figures in a landscape, Reyes depicts, in his own words, “intimate dramas, revealing brief moments of unnoticed grandeur, tender souls grappling with the pressures of modern life.” Even his landscapes and still lifes evoke hidden meanings that intrigue yet somehow do not necessitate explanation.

Reyes writes, “I have always been moved by the human capacity to love, dream, and persevere, with great courage and sincerity, in spite of what can seem like a vast and unsympathetic Nature. To a cynical art world, that may sound silly, but to me it is one of the miracles, and beautiful mysteries, of life.”

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