I started drawing at the age of two… my first drawing was an ambulance and the Sun. My father and grandfather were my first teachers. In the living room of our home in Camaguey, Cuba, my father painted a mural of a landscape. I was fascinated that a portal into another world existed inside my home and felt so real. My grandfather and I played a drawing game where he scribbled some random lines, and I would try to draw something recognizable out of his marks. These early experiences shaped my relationship with art as a tool for self discovery and relating to other people. 

So much of our existence is a mystery, and exploring this mystery through the language of images is my calling in life. To me, drawing and painting is a journey in which the end result is open ended. Having an open mind is critical to my process as an artist. Some of my pieces have taken years to complete, because I needed time to grow and change my perspective. During the process of creating, I’ve learned that just because we can see with our eyes doesn’t mean that we have taken the time to observe what’s in front of us. In the created space, I allow myself the room to improvise and make mistakes, to change my understanding of what is appearing in front of me and thereby allow others to witness my evolving thought process. 

My work dances on the line between realism and abstraction. I seek to create worlds in which what’s recognizable acts as an entry point for the viewer into the unknown. The human figure appears often in my work as an invitation for the viewer to step in and identify with the depicted subject. I am saying, “Come into this world, you and I are this person, what you see is a reflection of us.”

Reinier Gamboa

Born in Camaguey, Cuba 1984

Lives and works in Miami, FL.


EDUCATION

New World School of the Arts High School, Miami, FL  ( 1998-2002 )

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA  ( 2002-2006 )


EXHIBITIONS/PUBLIC MURALS


2019

"Multitudes" Solo exhibition. Miami Art Society, Miami, FL

Opening  group exhibiton at Void Projects. Miami,FL

Post Icon Collective group exhibit Miami,FL

“Autochthonous: Toward a New Indigene” group show. Swampspace gallery. Miami,FL

“Lucid Dreams” group exhibit. Miami Art Society, Miami,FL

“Charcoal A Group Exhibit” Miami Art Society, Miami, FL


2018

Juxtapoz Clubhouse group exhibit during Art Basel Miami,FL

Icon group exhibit. Miami,FL


2017

"The Saga Continues" Foot Soldiers. Miami, FL

"Paint it Forward". Cass Contemporary. Tampa, FL

"Wisdom" mural completed in Little River. Miami, FL 

"Look" mural completed in Wynwood. Miami, FL

“Homeless” group exhibit. Miami, FL


2016

Annual Moleskine Show. Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

Center of Tallahassee mural completed in Tallahassee, FL 


2015

Annual Moleskine Show. Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

Native American mural completed in Wynwood. Miami, FL

Wynwood Place mural completed in Wynwood. Miami, FL


2013

The Invisible Horde. Unit 1. Lake Worth, FL.

Eternal Reflection. Brisky Gallery. Miami, FL.

Bodies. Forms. Motions. Waves. Brisky Gallery. Miami, FL

Smash and Grab. Locust Projects. Miami, FL


2012 

Figure Now. Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO.

Eagle and Condor. Moksha Collective. Miami,FL.

Wild at Heart. Thinkspace. Culver City, CA. 


2011

Elemental ( Solo Debut ) Christopher Miro Gallery. Miami, FL

Smash and Grab. Locust Projects. Miami, FL


2010

Smash and Grab. Locust Projects. Miami, FL

The New Frontier. Christopher Miro Gallery. Miami, FL

Young Blood: New Wave. Artseen Gallery. Miami, FL

Crystal Monoliths / Creative Natives. Cafeina Gallery, Miami, FL

Creative Native Group Exhibition. Neon Forest Gallery, Orlando, FL


2009

Catalyst/Dreams to Reality Benefit Show. Nucleus Gallery. Alhambra, CA

Superschool. Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Young Blood: New World Mix. Artseen Gallery. Miami, FL



2008

Gen Art Vanguard Fair. Art Basel. Miami, FL


AWARDS

2015 Secret Walls Battle Winner. Miami, FL

2012 Figure Now Art Contest Winner ( 1st place ) Fontbonne University, St.Louis, MO

2002-2006 Presidential Scholarship. Art Center College of Design. Pasadena, CA

2002 The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 1 Gold Key- Portfolio 2 Silver Keys

2002 Down River: Juried Printmaking Exhibition - Best of Show 


WORK EXPERIENCE

2016- present . Visual Arts teacher at New World School of the Arts. Miami, FL

2008-2009 Assistant Art Handler at Rubell Family Collection. Miami, FL  




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