Visual Arts
Photo by David Moog
Photo by David Moog

Artists Seen: Alberto Rey

by / Jan. 13, 2016 2am EST

Alberto Rey is a painter, filmmaker, writer, and educator. Born in Havana, he left Cuba in 1963 and has lived in Western New York since the late 1980s. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Rey has explored his identity as a Cuban-American in several early abstract works, and, beginning around the year 2000, turned his attention to what he calls “biological regionalism”: complex investigations of the natural environment surrounding us, incorporating historical and scientific research along with painting and, sometimes, sculpture and installation. His work can be found in more than 20 museum collections and has been seen in more than 130 exhibitions. Rey is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Visual Arts and New Media at SUNY Fredonia. In 2012 he was designated a Living Legacy artist by the Burchfield Penney. For more information on his work, visit

Artists Seen: Photographs of Artists in the 21st Century is an ongoing project by photographer David Moog in partnership with the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State. Moog has set out to make portraits of every self-identified working artist and arts professional in Western New York. If you would like to be included in the project, call David Moog directly at 716-472-6721 or contact The Center at 716-878-4131 or email Artists working in all media are welcome; visit for more information.