By Sharon Peck for The Island Connection
Brian Rego will be the featured guest at the Jan. 21 meeting of the Seabrook Island Artist Guild. The meeting, open to all, will be held in the Lake House Live Oak room at 2 p.m.
Born in Santa Clara, California, Rego received a BFA in painting at the University of South Carolina and was the recipient of the Ed Yaghjian Award for distinguished undergraduate work. He went on to earn an MFA in painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Shortly afterward, he co-founded the painting collective known as Perceptual Painters as a way to establish and build a community of painters that could offer support to one another.
He has taught art at the University of South Carolina, University of Mississippi, Columbia College, Benedict College, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Mt. Gretna School of Art, Art New England, Beverly Street Studio School and the Jerusalem Studio School. He co-founded the Midlands School of Art in Columbia and ran it for three years.
Rego has changed his focus to teaching online and believes that the practice of cultivating artistic communities who exchange information among one another can dramatically deepen and foster personal growth. His creative approach is to combine imagination and memory with the sense of sight and components from the observable world. Rego paints to establish a connection to things, events and people. His desire is to express his experiences of these things through pictorial imagery.
Rego has exhibited at the Columbia Museum of Fine Art in Columbia, South Carolina, and at John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York. He lives in Charleston with his wife and four children.
To learn more about the Seabrook Island Artist Guild, which has 87 members, visit seabrookislandartistguild.com.