Born in Hollywood and raised in the urban sprawls of Los Angeles, Julio’s artistic aesthetic was shaped early on by the platinum light and expansive concrete horizons of southern California. Reyes’ figurative pieces often depict lone figures within the context of a landscape, portrayed lovingly, with finesse and virtuosity. His works are intimate dramas, revealing brief moments of unnoticed grandeur. They are the result of careful observation, and an empathetic view of his subjects, who he would describe as, “tender souls grappling with the pressures of modern life, living out their meaning and seeking their own way through this world.” Also in his oeuvre, are landscapes and still lives that radiate with hidden meaning, imbued with the implied narratives, and highly personal symbolic language born of Reyes’ experience as the son of an immigrant growing up in the American west.
Reyes earned his BFA in Painting, Drawing and Sculpture at the Laguna College of Art and Design in 2005. His work has been featured in dozens of books and magazines, exhibited in multiple countries and museums, is collected all over the world, and has been awarded the highest accolades given by the Portrait Society of America, the Art Renewal Center, the California Art Club, and more. He recently relocated to Texas with artist and wife Candice Bohannon, where they welcomed their first child, and are offering workshops for the first time.
He is represented by Arcadia Contemporary.