Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Reyes Padilla currently lives and works in Albuquerque. His paintings, murals, and site-specific installations have sold to a variety of collectors and museums, including the State of New Mexico, The City Of Braddock, Pennsylvania, and most recently The Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. Padilla's installation titled, ¡Mira, Look!, was purchased for the permanent collection of Explora Science Center and Museum in Albuquerque in 2016. In 2017 he was awarded a fellowship with SOMOS ABQ for which he is commissioned yearly to create site-specific installations.
I paint music. Having synesthesia means that I experience sound visually. My work is created by actively painting what I see while listening to music. The decision to embrace what I am seeing and paint it in the moment seems like a natural dance between two worlds.