Tony De Los Reyes

Artist Statement
For the past several years I have been making artwork about the US-Mexico border, regarding the magnitude and complexity of its environmental contexts, historic influences, cultural implications, and political consequences. My work offers viewers a diversion from popular misconceptions and tropes about the border, and allows for a personal interpretation through the experience of an otherwise traditional, and mostly apolitical, medium. For Drive-By-Art I am also making a limited-edition print, The Boat, based on my reaction to the current situation, and available for purchase at my kid’s socially-distanced, highly sanitized, take-out lemonade stand.

Tony De Los Reyes
The Boat, 2020
Silkscreen on paper
18 x 24 inches
Edition of 40 with 12 AP’s

Tony De Los Reyes
Big Jacumba, 2020
Oil and silkscreen on canvas
39 x 51 inches

Tony de los Reyes’ paintings and prints are based on personal and historical images of the US-Mexico border. By combining the seemingly disparate languages of abstraction and documentation, his work constructs metaphors for the border’s complexity and shifting reality. De los Reyes has been in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, including On the Move: A Century of Crossing Borders, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the V Transborder Biennial, El Paso Museum of Art/Museo de Arte Ciudad Juárez. His work is in the collections of LACMA, the New Britain Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the New York Public Library.