On today’s episode of Making Ways, interdisciplinary artist Rea Lynn de Guzman joins the show to talk about her artist path and her experience emigrating from the Philippines. You’ll learn the meaning behind Rea’s work and hear the stories that define her, from a not-so-everyday childhood to her separation from her family in Manila to a drawing class she took in college while studying for a business degree that began her career as an artist. Rea also talks about her time at visual arts nonprofit Root Division, celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, and its impact on her work, creative life, and community.
Rea (pronounced RAY-uh) Lynn de Guzman is a San Francisco-based interdisciplinary artist working in painting, print media, and sculpture. Originally from Manila, Philippines, she immigrated to the United States as a teenager. Rea holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has exhibited her work in the Bay Area, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Hawaii and internationally in India. Her sculpture After Maria Clara’s Piña Fiber Sleeve was featured at ArtSlant, where it was awarded ArtSlant’s Mixed Media Showcase Juried Winner in 2014. She was also Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture visual arts featured artist in 2017. Rea teaches art at the City College of San Francisco’s Fort Mason Campus, the San Francisco Center for the Book, and Root Division, where she served as the nonprofit’s first Filipina teaching artist fellow in 2017, and previously taught art to underserved children in the Galing Bata Bilingual Program at the Filipino Education Center in Bessie Carmichael Elementary School.
- Rea’s Website
- Rea on Instagram
- Root Division 15-Year Celebration
- Hella Pinay Article
- NBC Bay Area Video Interview
- SF Gate: APAture highlights more than 60 Asian Pacific American artists
- KQED Arts: New to America, Raised in the Tenderloin
- Emergent Art Space Article on Rea’s Artistic Journey
- Asian Journal: Fil-Am artist Rea Lynn de Guzman on reconnecting with her roots, heritage and history