Daniel Rey (b. 1990) is a Venezuelan visual artist currently living and working in London. He creates figurative paintings, drawings, collaborative projects and video to explore how the notion of home changes and expands for people who have gone through processes of displacement due to natural disasters or totalitarian regimes. Questioning our sense of belonging, our relationship with the built environment and how we deal with borders.
Rey, who is part of the Venezuelan diaspora (currently the second biggest migration crisis in the world after Syria) is interested in creating a universe to recreate elements of those homes that exist only in the collective memory. His works often incorporate elements of the architectural language, with the potential of intersecting, and also challenging, the limits between art and architecture. He conceives his art practice as an active vehicle for the discussion of the issues that threaten our vulnerable communities in the present, and to engage with current debates about identity, gender, borders and migration.
Rey studied architecture at Universidad Central de Venezuela (BA, 2014) and Politecnico di Milano (Exchange student 2012-2013).