Katherine Rey Samels, AKA K.Rey is a visual artist and musician/ songwriter from Brooklyn, New York .Originally from Minneapolis Katherine comes from a family of artists and musicians and has an extensive background in music and fashion*.
In the last decade painting has become more of a primary focus for Katherine as it allows for her expression in a more tactile, physical and object-based way. Her paintings echo a synthesis of abstract expressionism and folk art. She often uses a mixture of symbols, vibrant colors & simplicity to evoke a chaos, which is often ordered by deliberate brush strokes.
Major influences in her work are her Mexican American roots, Latin American Surrealism, death, sexuality, duality & social injustice.
Katherine works with acrylics, watercolors, paint markers and ink on wood and canvas.
She has studied art & music at Cooper Union, School of Visual Arts & The New School in New York City.
Katherine is a mother, lives and works in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, N.Y. and is Latin & Queer identified.
-Worked with Yohji Yamamoto & Perry Ellis - make up for runway shows & print (including a cover for WWD).
-Toured Europe, the US, Canada & Haiti
-Opened up for The Clash, The Go-Gos and VanMorrison
-Guitar player for Riske, one of the first all female Haitian bands. One of the highlights was opening for Tito Puente.
-Guitarist with Transisters, one of the first all female bands that had a Trans singer the iconic Chloe Dzubilo
-She is currently the songwriter & guitarist for her musical project Juniper Smyth with original songs streaming on Spotify and Apple Music