Omar Reyna is a Canadian artist and a finalist of the Yukon Prize for Visual Arts 2023. Omar seeks the materialization of the work of art at a midpoint between research and the activity of making. His art practice occurs in the boreal forest in the surroundings of Whitehorse, Yukon, where he lives and works. Omar produces art with a wide range of media such as watercolour painting, photography, mixed-media and sound art. In his view, making while experimenting is a form of physical thinking.

Born in Mexico City and now settled in Yukon Canada, Omar studied visual communication and has studies in photography, sculpture, painting, and the philosophy of image. His work has been exhibited in Canada, Argentina, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the USA among others.


I see my art practice as an act of contriving worlds beyond the visible, between the real and the imagined. I work in between photography and the physical manipulation of objects and materials. I aim to trigger events and actions that connect, disturb and question what we perceive. My approach is much as cerebral as a physical engagement. Research and reflection are a big part of my process, but I also think, articulate, and conceptualize through the activity of making.

My art practice is  as wrapping form for other art mediums—in unison towards a unified and highly manipulated output. Many of my art-making processes rely on an unfocused mind where I make progress eluding direct thinking.