Reena Rae’s vibrant collage art, which often features the faces of famous musicians and artists, is amassing fans around the world.
Reena Rae is a Toronto-based artist who creates colorful art by cutting squares from magazines and gluing them to canvas. Often featuring well-known faces from art and music, her collage art pulls viewers in for a closer look. With works held in private collections in Canada, the United States, Japan, the Philippines, Norway, and Sweden, the multitalented artist is making a name for herself all across the globe. Reena shared the influences that have shaped her striking artistic work.
Where did you grow up, and where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia up until I was 13. I then moved to Toronto to attend high school. I just moved back to Toronto recently (three weeks ago) after having lived in the Philippines for…well, longer than I should have.
When did you start focusing on art, and how did you progress to this point?
When I was growing up, my mom was an art teacher and she would always encourage me to be creative and to express myself through visual art. So I’ve been painting and crafting since I was a child. I got into collaging because I was attempting to make a unique gift for a friend, and another friend saw it and wanted to buy it, but I couldn’t give it to him, so he ordered a custom one for himself. It kinda just grew from there.
What are some of the highest-profile projects you’ve worked on?
I was one of the artists who was part of the Kanye Loves Kanye Exhibit in LA. That was pretty cool. Also did a collaboration with Vans…also pretty dope.
Who are your biggest influences?
Currently obsessed with Joey Colombo. He’s phenomenal.
Aside from visual art, what are your other artistic outlets?
When I’m not collaging…I craft, paint, and have a YouTube channel.
What are the biggest challenges of your work?
Promoting myself or my work has always been a little awkward for me. Making sure I get as many people as possible to view my work is definitely a challenge. I get really nervous when I show people my work.
What are the greatest rewards of your process?
People appreciating what I create and seeing my work in people’s homes.
Before we go, what’s one truth you’ve learned as an artist?
No one is perfect. I am forever changing.