Lance De Los Reyes
Lance De Los Reyes works on the floor or with the tarp pinned directly to the wall, and hence the works are often presented like skins or pelts tacked up onto canvasses. The surfaces are heavily distressed, the paints often smeared with hands and fingers wiped off along the edges, footprints and debris criss-cross the area. In this way the works are part of a lived process as opposed to an easel painting approach; they take shape with immediacy and fervor, and the imperfections are not contrived niceties but real record of the path of the painter creating from his imagination. De Los Reyes is a believer, for what it’s worth, and believes that painting can communicate sacred truths, powerful ideas or important subtleties. The artworks feature symbolic imagery, inventive forms, color patterns derived from alchemical tables and beliefs. Many works feature archetypes or concepts that have a pan-global mythological inspiration and take from many archaic belief systems to imbue meaning. Like Julian Schnabel he believes in man, myth and magic in painting and has the power, energy and almost manic intensity to create with similar ambition.
Lance De Los Reyes was born in Texas and studied painting, performance, sculpture and video at the San Francisco Art Institute. He is also very well known for his billboard painting and illegal graffiti writing under the moniker RAMBO.