Artist of the Month: Reinaldo Cortez

Someone said that if a photo were scratched, beneath it would be a painting, but Mr. Cortez is not advocating scratching his photographs, only to stop by and view them.  Rei is a graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art.  He freelanced for Baltimore Magazine, managed its photography department, and eventually moved to Maine where he designed and built a cordwood home in South Paris.  Reinaldo worked in the MSAD 17 and RSU 10 school districts as a substitute teacher or tutor and has taught at the Streaked Mountain School. Tree_Rei_Cortez

Currently, he cooks at Nezinscot Farm Cafe in Turner.  He is a member of the Dharma Bums, whose members meet once a week for meditation and discussion.  He is guitarist for his wife, Leah Wolfsong, with performances at local venues such as The Fare Share Follies, Common Ground Fair, The Winter Solstice in Auburn, local churches and weddings.  Leah and he live in Buckfield.  Reinaldo’s work is informed by his commitment and trust that the world that he inhabits is sacred.

He strives for his photos to represent moments of awareness of beauty when seeing is coupled with spontaneity and discipline.  A haunting quote by the artist di Chirico has been a reminder of sorts, “The strange sensations which a man can experience, faithfully reproduced by this man can always give new joy to a sensitive and intelligent person,” Make this quote gender neutral and come to the gallery.