What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
I paint primarily. As an artist I'm interested in the process of creation as a means of self realization. My life is my Art and painting is a means of exploration and discovery.
What is your message?
We are evolving, and I strive to be an agent of positive change in this process by being the best Bryan Reyna I can be.
Your biography in four lines.
Born is Texas, raised in Southern California, schooled in Texas. Been in New York since 2005.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
I'm interested in truth. What is all of this and what does it mean? This is a constant question, and I try to open my heart to the world and listen to what it wants me to know.
What role does technology play in your creative process?
I feel that technology can be a useful tool for expanding consciousness. Personally I use Twitter as a means of revealing my process. If my Art is my Life, than my tweets become the documentation of a life lived for creation.
What is art?
Art is what you make of it, it is whatever you want it to be. Art is about living life to it's fullest potential. It's about being open to possibilities.
When do you get your best ideas?
When I loose myself in the creative process, it's meditative, ideas and visions seem to materialize from the ether.
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
My best ideas are the ones I always come back to again and again, the ones that voice in the back of my head won't let me forget.
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
I was writing a lot as a form of therapy in college. I would get writer's block and doodle for hours at a time. My doodles got bigger and bigger until finally, in Costa Rica while in a study abroad program, I felt so unrestrained that I just began to paint
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
There is often so much an artist would like to express, that it can be frustrating to feel hindered and misunderstood. The artist's spirit want to be free, and when it's trapped and lacks proper avenues of communication it lashes out.
Do you consider yourself postmodern?
Definitely consider myself to be a hypermodernist.
How should a work of art be evaluated?
how does it make you feel?
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?
James Rosenquist - a hard working painter who sees sublime in the everday. He reminds that it's about showing up, working hard. Mathew Barney - his work reminds me that anything is possible.
What do you think about public funding for the arts?
I think there should be more of it, made available to a wide array of artists and art.
Is art necessary?
Is creation necessary?
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
not so much
Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
that depends... I think the Artist is more important than the object.
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
you don't. You do what feels right, and if that doesn't work out you do it again.
How do you feel about the fact that the pieces exhibited in contemporary art museums are often of artists already deceased?
I'm ok with it. We all die. The work lives on, and that's how we pay homage.
What role have the figures of art dealer, gallery owners, representatives, and intermediaries in general played in your career?
Thus far, not much.
What types of jobs do you usually do?
Which of your jobs or tasks do you most enjoy?
Painting big walls
Do you personally collect any items?
old bottles and other items from the bottom of the sea
Which websites do you frequently visit?
What advice would you give to those just beginning?
just do what you enjoy doing and don't get caught up in the market. Don't give up.