Lilly Reyes

Artist Statement

My work documents fragmented psychological landscapes, as well as the distorted and fleeting nature of memory. Over time, memories and ideas of who we are ebb, flow, fracture, and break. When I paint, I put the fragmented pieces of myself back together. My paintings act as a projection of my inner world; a world existing subconsciously through space and time. I work intuitively, letting my inner compass navigate my paint brush through the work until there is an instinctive feeling of compositional balance. Often the result parallels the natural world through color and gesture. The canvas is a mirror for the beauty and darkness within my mind; my lens allows me to paint familiar imagery where I feel my past, present and future coexist. I aim to give my inner world a new structure… a new and curious life. 

Artist Bio

Lilly Reyes was born in Chicago, IL and has been painting since the age of 16. In 2020, she graduated with a BFA from the University of Notre Dame, then went on to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Post-Baccalaureate program. She now resides in New York City as a working artist, where she most recently completed her MFA at Parsons the New School for Design.