Rudy De Reyna was born in Spain and was educated in England, Mexico and the U.S. He began his art career painting movie posters in California. He later moved to the East Coast and taught fine art in Westport, Connecticut at the Famous Artists School. Later, he settled on Cape Cod and continued to paint in Sandwich, Massachusetts.
He is best known for his detailed, realistic oils and watercolors. He has won numerous awards including the Douglas Grimshaw Prize in 1975 and 1st prize at the 38th annual Connecticut Watercolor Society. His book How to Draw What You See was the best selling art book of Watson Guptill and the most popular art instruction book of the last 35 years. He also penned several other books including: Painting in Opaque Watercolor, Magic Realist Painting Techniques, Creative Painting From photographs, Magic Realist Landscape Painting, Magic Realist Watercolor Painting, and several others.
Information provided by Robert Savage, private collector.