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, 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 lives and works in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, N.Y. and is Queer identified.
*Worked with Perry Ellis - make up for runway shows & print (including a cover for WWD).
Worked with Yohji Yamamoto - make up for runway shows
Has toured Europe, the US, Canada & Haiti
Opened up for The Clash, The Go-Gos and Duran Duran.
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