Rei Lem (b. 1991, NYC) is a mixed media artist, specializing in printmaking and sign painting. Her work is a reflection of a hyper-real consumerist society, where the explosion of information leads to the implosion of reality (simulation). Appropriation and satire are key components to her re-presentation and critique of a world where not all things can be taken seriously.
2013 Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD. BFA Printmaking & Book Arts Concentration
Summa Cum Laude
2020 Lem Signs, New York NY
Sign painter, includes painting custom signage on walls, windows, doors, vehicles, etc. Experience with reverse glass gilding, logo design, painting on brick surfaces, and chalk boards.
2019 KaiKai Kiki Co., Ltd, Long Island City NY, Painting Staff
Artist assistant for Takashi Murakami. Production includes managing the screen team, screen printing, painting, gilding (gold / platinum/ silver), and spraying (using spray gun), as well as building crates, and packing paintings. Japanese translator to facilitate instructions between Japanese and American staff.
2018 Maison Goyard, New York NY, Painter
Painting custom marquage on Goyard trunks, bags, and leather goods.
2017 - 2015 KaiKai Kiki Co., Ltd, Long Island City NY, Painting Staff
Same description as mentioned above.
2014 Heineken, New York NY, Graphic Designer
1 of 20 artists chosen for Heineken's Bodega Cultural campaign. Designed window graphics for over 100 bodegas in New York City using Heineken branding.
GraphTech Imaging, Astoria NY, Graphic Designer and Production Assistant
Vinyl Printing and Die-Cutting, specializing in motorcycles and sports cars. Creative development and design of murals, signs, storefronts, & commercial graphics.
2013 Litho Shop, Baltimore MD, Assistant to Master Printer
Assisted in the collaboration with artists in proofing, plate making, editioning, and curating of original solar plate etching, plate lithography, monotypes and relief prints. Worked with artists Alan Grabelsky, William Pope. L, Bill Fick, John Bohl, David Brown, Mia Halton, and Hermonie Only.
2012 Globe Press & Print, Baltimore MD, Collaborative Printmaking Intern
Collaborative proofing, editioning, and curating of original letterpress and screenprints for Trenton Doyle Hancock at Baltimore’s Contemporary Print Fair at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and for Globe Collection at the Meyerhoff Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore MD. Proofing and archiving of Globe wood type & illustration, and zinc photo plate collection.
2014 Bodega Cultural, Sponsored by Heineken, Abrazo Interno Gallery, New York, NY
2013 "Construction", Thesis Exhibition, Fox 2 Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD
2012 Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, Juried by Jack Livingston and Karyn Miller, Decker Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD
Vestige: Annual Printmaking Juried Exhibition, Curated by Ann Shafer, Fox 2 Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD
2011 Artist’s Book Show, Curated by Stephanie Garmey, Fox 2 Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD
Scholarships & Awards
2013-2009 Deans List, Maryland Institute College of Art
2012 Achievement Award, Maryland Institute College of Art
Nancy Lee Rhodes Roberts ’39 Scholarship, Maryland Institute College of Art
2011 Printmaking Departmental Recognition Award, Maryland Institute College of Art
Painting (Acrylic, Enamel, Spray, Gouache), Hand lettering, Pounce Patterns, Screen printing, Lithography, Intaglio, Relief printing, Letterpress, Papermaking, Traditional & Mixed Media Book Binding, Gilding (Gold/ Platinum/ Silver), Basic woodworking, Large Format Digital Printing, Flexi Sign-PRO, Basic Photoshop, Illustrator, Layout & Typography, Microsoft Office.