Reginald K Gee

USA / °1964 /
Reginald Kevin Gee (aka Reginald K. Gee) is a contemporary artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who creates paintings in the Neo-expressionism art style associated with artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Salle and Francesco Clemente. Since the late 1980s, Gee has created hundreds of paintings and drawings.

Early Life

Born April 28, 1964, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Gee is the youngest of three siblings. Gee’s parents were from Mississippi, where his mother’s family worked as sharecroppers. Gee’s father, Hamilton R. Gee, was a World War II veteran who came to Milwaukee in the 1950s to work as a grinder for International Harvester. Gee’s mother, Ethel L. Gardner, was a seamstress who worked most of her life for American Motors Corporation. Both parents were involved in the local church.


Gee made his professional debut in February 1988 during an exhibition at the Dean Jensen Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. According to a review in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The work looks like, and is perhaps more authentic than, the garden variety of funky imagery...Gee's pictures are full of undigested cultural and psychological fragments that float together in surprisingly engaging ways. This may be the last form of tribal art -- derived from pop culture and art magazines." In an article that appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 1999, “Artist listens to his life's calling,” Gee was interviewed about his return to the spiritual lifestyle that currently influences his artwork. In 2010, Gee’s was featured in an Essence Magazine article: “A Man Apart. Reginald Gee Draws Inspiration from The Human Experience.”

Since the early 1990s, Gee’s art has been shown at venues like the Baltimore Folk & Visionary Art Show, the New York Outsider Art Fair and the National Black Fine Art Show at the Puck Building in New York City. In 2002, two of Gee’s paintings, “The Honest Crowd” and “Inspiration” were selected for the 2002 Smithsonian Traveling Exh
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Victor Edgar Rivera


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