Gustav Reyes

Gustav Reyes

STATEMENT
My training and personal development have led me to believe that humans surpass biological processes by creating. The desire to create is the vehicle by which we, as humans, extend our minds and souls beyond the limits of our physical selves. Through the material and creation of the work, I consider the complexities of the cycle of life. I recognize the truth that we are more of the natural world than of the created world. I parallel the ephemeral nature of wood to the experience of life and ask the viewer to consider the stages of life that are often overlooked by society. I have a deep appreciation for nature’s beauty and rather than working against the grain, I work with it.

BIOGRAPHY
Gustav was exposed to the creation of art as a young boy on the southwest side of Chicago. After working long hours as a laborer, his father spent his free time creating jewelry. This special time passed watching his father would be some of his happiest childhood moments. As a young man, Gustav attended the Art Institute of Chicago where his horizons and understanding of art were greatly broadened. He also spent time at the Chicago Bauhaus Academy where he developed a strong understanding of and appreciation for furniture, cabinetry and the finer aspects of woodworking. His formal training, hands-on experience, and years of dedication to his craft have allowed him to find the point where nature breathes through the form, striking a balance between the contemporary and the ancient and crafting fine art that is deeply personal, contextual and alive.