In 1973, Keep the River Clear, a small mural depicting the Hudson River sailboat “Clearwater” took first prize at the “Save the Hudson” benefit gala. Out of hundreds of entries from artists of all ages, a then 6-year-old Bret Reilly claimed that honor. Now, that little boy matured into a true, modern-day renaissance man—achieving success in sculpture, design, and music.
After graduating from Skidmore College in 1989 with a degree in studio art, Bret moved to NYC where he apprenticed for famed sculptor Bryan Hunt. During his years in New York, Bret also pursued music. He performed more than 200 concerts in NYC clubs and has written and recorded more than 300 songs. Three of his songs appear in the Farrelly Brother’s hit motion pictures: Dumb and Dumber; Dumb and Dumber To; Me, Myself and Irene; and There’s Something about Mary.
After meeting his wife in LA, Reilly moved back to New York in 2003 to pursue sculpture full-time. Bret has exhibited at the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs as well as multiple solo shows in New York City between 2004 and the present. He resided in France during the spring of 2006 to create his solo exhibition "No Smoking" which he exhibited in Paris. In addition, Reilly's sculptures have been featured in exhibitions in Miami, Martha's Vineyard, and Rye, NY. Reilly is regularly commissioned to create custom sculpture for private residence, as well as corporate installations.
In 2016, Reilly took a leap from figurative to functional sculpture and patented his first minimalist lounge chair. In 2017 Reilly signed a contract with Fendi Casa and his first sofa collection was launched in showrooms worldwide.