Rein de Lege, born in 1954 in Rotterdam, is not the first painter in his family. His grandfather, Ari Borel, worked as an artist and encouraged de Lege to follow his artistic passion from an early age on.
At the age of sixteen, de Lege started studying at Rijksakademie Amsterdam School of Art (1971 – 1975). He ran through the classic education of drawing and painting with special attention to model drawing. In 1977, he changed to Akademie Minerva in Groningen (1977 – 1980) where he continued his education. Besides drawing and painting, he focused on graphic art, etching and lithography.
After visiting Barcelona on a holiday in 1978, de Lege was so fascinated by the life in the streets and bars of the “barrio chino” (the Chinese quarter) that he decided to take up permanent residence in the capital of Catalonia, where he continues to live to this day. The “barrio chino” continues to be an inspiration for the artist and is echoed in his current work.
De Lege’s work can be found in private collections and was featured at Art Miami in 2006.