Alberto Rey was born near the Gulf Stream that flows by Havana, Cuba and he has always had an affinity to moving water water. At the age of three, his family secured political asylum in Mexico City and then moved to Miami, Florida before settling down in a small coal-mining town in western Pennsylvania, Barnesboro. It is here where he started fishing at an early age. After several decades of moving around the East Coast, he secure a teaching position at the State University of New York in Fredonia where he has taught drawing and painting for over thirty years and is presently a Distinguished Professor. In 1998, he started a youth fly fishing program that continues to meet weekly with periodic fishing trips. The program also works to restore brook trout populations to Canadaway Creek. Over a decade ago, he also started the Canadaway Creek Conservation Project which cleans the stream, plants trees and removes invasive species. Alberto has also been a fly fishing guide for around twenty years and recently received the 2021 Orvis Guide of the Year Award.
Alberto is also an environmental artist whose work is in the collection of twenty museums and has had over two hundred exhibitions. He has also written three books about the Bagmati River in Nepal, extinct birds and climate change. He is presently finishing another publication and exhibition about the Oswego River. His artwork and writing has appeared in Gray's Sporting Journal, Art of Angling Journal, Fish and Fly Magazine, American Angler, Saltwater Fisherman, Angler's Journal and Buffalo Spree. For more information, please go to www.albertorey.com.