BIO //  Brian Rea is one of the most important and affirmed American illustrators of his generation. He lives and works in Los Angeles and was, until a short time ago, art director of the Op-Ed page (the editorial page) of the New York Times. He has created drawings and paintings for books, murals, posters, music videos and many magazines such as, among others, the New York Times Magazine, T Magazine, Nylon, Men’s Journal and Time Magazine . His works have been exhibited in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Mexico City, Tokyo and Barcelona (the Joan Miró Foundation). He recently collaborated with Malcolm Gladwell in “Collected”, a collection of 3 books with over 200 of his original drawings which accompany the texts of the Canadian journalist and sociologist. Currently he teaches at the Art Center in Pasadena, California, and in his spare time enjoys traveling, surfing and photography.


The choice of Consuelo Castiglioni to involve an illustrator precisely reflects the spirit of the 2012 Winter Edition.

The stroke is always simple and well defined with some rare color concessions (the pink of a sunset, the blue of a window, the green of the stripes of a t-shirt …). But it is black and white which prevails, giving drawings a special force, in a careful balance of solids and voids. The graphic tract stands out above all. Essentiality and sharpness are the traits of the style of Brian Rea: his rigor and sobriety have an almost childlike, naive tone. Space is occupied by few, clear, precise and rigorous lines which, in their simplicity, have the power to make the commonest objects appear “magical”.

People, animals and cities are drawn with an unexpected naturalness, result, however, of a careful work of removal. Indeed, for Brian Rea, “less is more” and the cleanness and sharpness of his work is accompanied by a subtle irony, a slight sarcasm which allows him to represent daily reality with a light, refined and truly special touch.

Brian Rea collaborates with Marni in the creation of t-shirts and bags for the Marni Uomo and Marni Donna 2012 Winter Edition collection and also contributes to the decoration of the Milan showroom (a number of his works indeed become wallpaper which will remain on the walls of the Milan headquarters for a few months).