Hi, I’m Wylwyn Reyes, a Filipino visual artist. My practice is a mix of sculpture, installation, graphic design, and photography. My work is influenced by postcolonialism, diasporic identities, appropriation, and the subcultures that are born from them.
“One who ignores the past arrives nowhere”
Wylwyn was born in Manila, Philippines in 1978. He emigrated with his family to the United States in 1981. He spent most of his childhood in a predominantly white Arizona suburb. Through many summers and short stints in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, he slowly discovered the concepts of diversity and colonial mentality within these more diverse communities. Both of his parents studied architecture, visual art, & history. He spent much of his childhood at local art fairs on the weekends. His artwork and aesthetics are a reflection of all of these experiences.
He has exhibited work in group exhibitions, art galleries, and experimental art spaces throughout the US. He presented a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson in 2013. He has also worked collaboratively with other artists, curators, and designers in events such as Night of the Living Fest Music Festival, Bookclub Burlesque show series, Tohono O'odham Cultural Center & Museum, Modified Arts Gallery, Steinfeld Community Arts Center, Fluxx Studios, Studio 455, Joseph Gross Gallery, and pop-up art shows throughout the downtown Tucson and Phoenix areas.
He is a member of Subspace Art Collective and Monsoon Art Collective. Along with his art practice he works as a freelance graphic designer, exhibition designer & curator. He currently works as the Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art: Three-Dimensional Design at the University of Arizona in 2015.
2013 – The Early Years, Museum of Contemporary Art - Tucson, AZ
2018 - ILLUMINATE - Monsoon Collective - Tucson, AZ
2017 - If You Stay Busy You Have No Time To Be Unhappy - MOCA Tucson - Tucson, AZ
2016 - Pandora's Hot Box - Whistlestop Depot - Tucson, AZ
2015 - NOLF III - La Cocina - Tucson, AZ
2015 - Sonoran Hot Dog Stand - Fleisher Ollman Gallery - Philadelphia, PA
2015 - Avant - Exploded View Microcinema - Tucson, AZ
2015 - Working Title - Steinfeld Warehouse Art Center - Tucson, AZ
2015 - Cyberspunk - Maker House - Tucson, AZ
2014 - Into View: Emerging perspectives in video - The Loft Cinema - Tucson, AZ
2014 - Jerôme Beillard Festival for Life - Chinese Cultural Center - Tucson, AZ
2014 - 11 Gallon Bucket - Steinfeld Warehouse Art Center - Tucson, AZ
2014 - Bring Your Own Beamer II Exhibition - 189 E. Toole Ave. - Tucson, AZ
2014 - Bridging to the Other - Steinfeld Warehouse Art Center - Tucson, AZ
2014 - Night of the Living Fest II - La Cocina - Tucson, AZ
2014 - 3D & Extended Media Exhibition - Lionel Rambach Gallery - Tucson, AZ
2013 - TAART Walk - 189 East Toole Ave. - Tucson, AZ
2013 – 3D Invitational - Lionel Rambach Gallery - Tucson, AZ
2013 - Night of the Living Fest - Old Tucson Studios - Tucson, AZ
2013 – Bring Your Own Beamer Exhibition - Studio 455 - Tucson, AZ
2013 - One Night Stand - Steinfeld Warehouse Art Center - Tucson, AZ
2013 – Beams and Things Exhibition– 119 E. Toole Ave. - Tucson, AZ
2012 – First Year Experience Exhibition - Joseph Gross Gallery - Tucson, AZ
2016 - He pee Eh? - Monsoon Collective - Tucson, AZ - Site specific installation
2016 - Holocaust History Museum - Tucson, AZ - Graphic designer, Exhibition designer, Curatorial consultant
2014 - Prosperity in the Age of Precarity - Roy Place Building - Tucson, AZ - Site specific installation
2014 - "Get Dicked" Book Club Burlesque - Maker House - Tucson, AZ - Video projection project
2015 - Bachelor of Fine Arts - Studio Art: Three Dimensional Design - University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
2013 - Artist Talk - Museum of Contemporary Art-Tucson - August 2013
2014 - Edward Francis Dunn Scholarship - University of Arizona
2014 - School of Art Grant - University of Arizona
2013 - Misto-Ertz Scholarship - University of Arizona
2013 - School of Art Grant - University of Arizona
SCULPTURE & INSTALLATION
Steel, paint, gold leaf, agricultural soil, found objects, LED.