Age? Location? Website?
Twenty-Five years old, from the land of Toronto Canada, www.rey-o.com
Tell us a little bit about your work.
When I was a kid I used to draw and make up stories at the same time. I'd have my own sound effects to accompany every dotted-line laser coming from a star fighter, followed by an explosion for the other ship. Today, I feel like my work is still very much the same. Even though the subject matter is different, I like to keep that same spirit kind of alive, trying to find that kid again. Something childish and simple, but at the same time old and worn out, that is how my brain is working these days.
How do you go about creating a piece?
I'm trying to learn how to work with limitations. There have been times when I didn't have a whole bunch of paints or even a functional computer, but I still needed to make art. I think that taught me how to work with limitations and how keeping things simple is the best way to get your point across... I like to think of my work as drawings, so even though there might be other media involved, they never overpower the line.
Jim Henson and 80's fantasy movies, my grandfather, nature, game designers Fumito Ueda and Keita Takahashi, the subway, friends, and ancient civilizations, to name a few.
I work full time as a visual artist/illustrator.
Tools of the trade?
Pencil crayons, coffee, tea, sometimes a computer, sometimes a conte stick.
Worst and best thing ever?!
The best thing ever is Star Trek: The Next Generation, the worst thing ever is Star Trek: Voyager.
In the next few months I'm working on two group shows in Toronto, one with an upcoming gallery called Show and Tell, the other is with some friends we're calling it "No Parachute Required". At the tail end of the summer I'm in a five person Canadian artist show in Florida at the Bear and Bird Gallery. I'm trying to squeeze in a few more things too, so I'm pretty excited about how things are going!
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