Carmen Rey was born in 1971 in Mataró, Barcelona. Her professional career as Chemist and related to Computer Science, was always far from the arts, until 2014, when she found her passion in painting, particularly in figurative realism, and began her training. Since then she has made portrait comissions and has exhibited in group exhibitions and competitions.
Although she has worked on other techniques, it is with oil painting that she can express herself better on her way to find her own artistic identity. Her main interest currently focuses on developing her own approach to represent the figure, and so the different aspects of humanity, as well as learning, inevitably, about her own.
On the other hand, in Japanese painting, Sumi-e, she finds a lesson on simplicity and the use of the brush’s own form in the stroke. It has also shown her the elegance of Chinese ink and Japanese motifs, and has helped her to deepen in some way in the inner life of things. She has collaborated as an assistant to her teacher, the artist Kaoru Hirose, to several of her workshops, such as those held at the Manga Exhibition in Barcelona 2017.
Carme Rey brief biography
With a degree in Chemistry, she works in the pharmaceutical and computers areas, mainly in the implementation and validation of computer systems in the regulated industry, and later, from Asfalia Consulting, where she is cofounder.
Her artistic education starts at 2014 with the artist José Mª Caamaño in Mataró, and at 2015 with Kaoru Hirose in Barcelona, with whom she gets her Certification of the program of Sumi-e Japanese Painting in 2018.
Since 2016, she collaborates in different exhibitions.
She attends since 2017 intensive workshops about oil portrait with Joshua LaRock in Seville, and with Irene Cuadrado in Barcelona; and at MEAM, Modern Art European Museum, the Course Oil Portrait, by Jafet Blanch, and the live drawing and painting figure course, as part of the Painter’s Career program.
In addition to collaborating annually since 2016 in the group exhibitions of the Association Sant Lluc de Mataró in special formats “15×15” and “Bookmarks”, and in the “Open Museum” of shop windows of the city, she has exhibited at the following events, by dates:
Contests and Exhibitions at 2018
- Online contest Art Fusion Women Artists, Quaterly Group Art Exhibition (Traditional Art Category) – Two artworks selected as Finalists: “Tenderness” and “Portrait of Abel” (see link here).
- Collaboration in the collective exhibition Expo Dona 2018 at Premiá, for the International Women’s Day – “Abstraction”
- Two artworks selected for exhibition at the IX Group Exhibition of Realistic Painters and Sculptors, in Aranjuez – “With the wind“ and “Alone”.
Contests and Exhibitions at 2017
- Sant Lluc Collective Exhibition- “With the wind“
- Online contest Art Fusion 3rd Annual Figures & Faces Art Exhibition – October 2017 (Traditional Category) – Two artworks selected as finalists: “Reflections” and “With the wind” (see link here)
- Group “Exhibition of Japanese Art” –“Roses and herbs”
- Selected for exhibition at the XXXI Painting Contest Sanvisens of Sitges – “Alone”
- Honorable mention award at the Online contest Art Fusion Seasons (December 2017, Traditional Art Category), with the artwork “Her journey” (see link here).
Artwork exhibited at 2016