Joel Rea was born in 1983 in Queensland (Australia) and graduated from the Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2003.
He has exhibited his paintings through out Australia for the last 13 years featuring also in notable overseas exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia. Rea has been acclaimed for his oil paintings in many prestigious art awards held across Australia including most recently the Fleurieu Landscape Prize, The Mosman Art Award, The Sulman Prize and the 2016 Moran Prize for Portraiture. Rea has won the 2013 ANL Maritime Art Award and the 2014 Black Swan Portraiture Prize People’s Choice Award. In 2015 Rea conducted a New York City residency and sell out solo exhibition at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery and the following year was selected alongside 60 renowned international artists in the world’s first Instagram Paintguide exhibition held in London.