Brian Rego (b. 1980) received his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, his BFA from the University of South Carolina, and currently resides in Columbia, SC, with his wife and four children.
“I paint my subject from life and consider it to be a great joy and an immense struggle. I hope to capture the feeling of these synonymous realities in my paintings. For me, the purpose of painting is to tap into something that is profoundly human, something sensual that lies on the fringe of memory, a reality both strange and familiar.”
"I don’t go for the exterior significance of a particular subject or anything like that when I am painting outdoors, I am not interested in preserving it as much as I am in discovering it, turning it inside out, crumpling it up and throwing it back out there."