Born in Nigeria in the early 70s, polyartist daàPo Reo reincarnated in New York City in the late
90s as a virtuoso of bespoke tailoring, redefining sartorial individuality for a clientele of
celebrated artists and haute-couture connoisseurs. During this period, Reo also exercised his
talents through commissioned work that ranged from giving form to artistic compositions, to
designing art spaces. Over the past few years, Daàpo Reo transitioned to filmmaking/video art,
debuting his directorial efforts in art exhibitions and cultural events on the global scene, from
New York City to Tokyo. His first short films have been featured at Kinz + Tillou Fine Art gallery,
Galerie Nichido, After Afropolitan Conference, BlackStar Film Festival, and the Brooklyn
Museum, among other venues and contexts.
Recently back to his primary love and to his needles, Reo has ventured into heraldic art,
working on a series of mixed media flags and textile installations that weave sociocultural,
economic and political commentaries on the twists and turns that have shaped the world we live
in and the experience of being human in the 21st century. Paralleling his personal and artistic
trajectory, his portfolio probes the boundaries and interactions between surface and structure,
representation and identity, proposing a perspective on questions of human consciousness,
responsibility, interdependency, and self-transformation.
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