Alberto Rey’s ‘Biological Regionalism’

Angle On Art by Bob White

Alberto Rey’s ‘Biological Regionalism’
I rarely have come across an artist who is as accomplished and articulate about his life and work as Alberto Rey. Rey was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1960, found political asylum through Mexico in 1963, and moved to Miami in 1965. He now lives in rural western New York and for the past 20 years has devoted himself to a series of paintings and videos that he describes as “Biological Regionalism.”

Through his paintings, Rey hopes to reestablish the connection between nature and modern culture—a connection that he feels has deteriorated as our social and economic reliance has shifted from rural to urban settings.

According to Rey, “The knowledge of a region’s distinguishing natural elements is being lost as generations continually become more disconnected from a lifestyle that relies on the landscape for survival and spiritual renewal.”

Rey began his “Biological Regionalism” series by learning local history and thoroughly researching a region’s entomology, the biological cycles of its trout and the role of local rivers in its culture and economy. The series endeavors to restore this failed bond by reintroducing images of fish and landscapes that are characteristic to a region through the use of traditional and contemporary mediums.

In many ways Rey feels that this series parallels the work of the Hudson River School, a mid-19th Century art movement that introduced images of the expanding American landscape to a general public that had little exposure to the new environment.

See more of Rey’s work and enjoy his blog, which includes videos of his fly-fishing experiences, at

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