Dany Reyes is an Omaha-based visual artist influenced by graffiti, pop culture and color theory. Reyes was born in El Salvador San Salvador, raised in Los Angeles and moved to Omaha at 15 years old in the year 2000. Reyes is a self taught artist who works primarily in spray paint and acrylics. He’s painted professionally since September 2018. His work is frequently on display at Elva’s gallery on Vinton Street in Omaha Nebraska.
Reyes grew up on Marvel comic books and cartoons. The bold art styles and expressive characters caught his attention as a shy, immigrant kid learning about this new country. Years later, they still capture his attention as Reyes builds faces out of swaths of color or let's paint splatter across the thick black strokes outlining a pop culture icon. For Reyes, painting is freedom. For a long time he hadn’t felt that. After high school he worked blue collar jobs because as a noncitizen, art school didn’t seem possible. Then, as a father and husband in his mid-30’s, he decided to give it a shot. Since then his commissions have sold well locally and nationally as Reyes continues to build out his studio and develop his style.
We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.