Figurative painting is not only alive, but steadily increasing in prominence in the realm of contemporary visual art; the practice of Miami-based artist Reinier Gamboa is a current indication of that condition. Drawing his source material from hermetic and primitivist imagery, Gamboa hypothesizes the mysterious contents of the metaphysical world with a finely tuned hand trained in the physical world. He taps into the tense uncertainties inherent in the myths and rituals of indigenous Native American, Latin and South American cultures (all of which contribute directly to his heritage) through exploratory color fields, human and animal totems, and the natural environment. He often presents his audience with figures of dancers at rest or in waiting, religious iconography captured as if in action, and creatures surrounded by vague swathes of subtropical and supertropical tones. A precise, but experimental draughtsman, Gamboa is an example of a contemporary artist strengthened by traditional drawing and painting methodologies, keen to the overwhelming complexity of the Postmodern state.

Reinier Gamboa was born in Camaguey, Cuba in 1984. He attended the New World School of the Arts and received his BFA from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena (on a full Presidential Scholarship from 2002 to 2006). Gamboa's work has been featured at venues in Miami, Santa Monica, Pasadena and St. Louis, including benefit exhibitions at Locust Projects (Miami) and Nucleus Gallery (Alhambra, CA). Accolades include a First Place prize in the 2012 Figure Now Art Contest at Fontbonne University (St. Louis) and winning Best of Show in the 2002 Down River Juried Printmaking Exhibition. Gamboa lives and works in Miami. - Shana Beth Mason 

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Reinier Gamboa

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EDUCATION

New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL 1998-2002

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA 2002-2006


EXHIBITIONS

2013

The Invisible Horde. Unit 1. Lake Worth, FL.

Eternal Reflection. Brisky Gallery. Miami, FL.

Bodies. Forms. Motions. Waves. Brisky Gallery. Miami, FL

Smash and Grab. Locust Projects. Miami, FL


2012 

Figure Now. Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO.

Eagle and Condor. Moksha Collective. Miami,FL.

Wild at Heart. Thinkspace. Culver City, CA. 


2011

Elemental ( Solo Debut ) Miami, FL

Smash and Grab. Locust Projects. Miami, FL


2010

Smash and Grab. Locust Projects. Miami, FL

The New Frontier. Christopher Miro Gallery. Miami, FL

Young Blood: New Wave. Artseen Gallery. Miami, FL

Crystal Monoliths / Creative Natives. Cafeina Gallery, Miami, FL

Creative Native Group Exhibition. Neon Forest Gallery, Orlando, FL


2009

Catalyst/Dreams to Reality Benefit Show. Nucleus Gallery. Alhambra, CA

Superschool. Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Young Blood: New World Mix. Artseen Gallery. Miami, FL


2008

Gen Art Vanguard Fair. Art Basel. Miami, FL


AWARDS

2012 Figure Now Art Contest Winner ( 1st place ) Fontbonne University, St.Louis, MO

2002-2006 Presidential Scholarship. Art Center College of Design. Pasadena, CA

2002 The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 1 Gold Key- Portfolio 2 Silver Keys

2002 Down River: Juried Printmaking Exhibition - Best of Show 


WORK EXPERIENCE2008-2009 Assistant Art Handler at Rubell Family Collection 

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