Life Streams: Alberto Rey, Cuban-American Artist

Alberto Rey’s work explores identity, place, and the natural environment. While Rey’s early work investigates the experience of dislocation brought about through the immigration experience of Cuban Americans, more recent work explores biological regionalism as a means to reconnect local audiences with their unprotected natural resources. Rey’s native fish series began with small studies of fish in the landscapes where they were caught. The series continues with large-scale paintings, videos, water data, maps, and information about the history of the stream and the communities that settled nearby. Born is Agramonte, Cuba, Rey grew up in Barnesboro, Pennsylvania where his family settled after briefly living in Mexico City and Miami. Today, Rey is Professor of Painting at the State University of New York in Fredonia. This exhibition was assembled by the Burchfield Penney Art Center and generously supported by Richard Blanco and the Sparhawk Oceanfront Resort.

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Alberto Rey (b. 1960)
"Lost Beauty: Icebergs XVI"
Oils on wood
19 x 36 in.
Collection of the Artist
Alberto Rey (b. 1960)
"Extinct Birds Project: Kauaʻi ʻōʻō (Moho braccatus), Kauai, Hawaiian Islands"
Oils on wood panel
6 x 8.25 in.
Courtesy of the Artist
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