Reena Devi (b. 1986) is a Singaporean arts journalist and critic. She writes for regional and international media such as ArtAsiaPacifc (HK), Cobo Social (HK), Hyperallergic (NY) and Artsy (NY).
Known for her fact-finding criticism and analysis, Reena consistently points out key issues the art ecosystem is facing. Since March 2020, she has been covering the various shifts in the art world during COVID-19 with a series of quick read analytical pieces for Hong Kong art media CoBo Social.
She also writes insightful reviews and roundups about art, artists and artistic trends around the world, connecting with artworks in its most essential form while highlighting the artists’ experience across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Additionally, Reena conducts in-depth and wide ranging interviews with art world personalities such as Mori Art Museum’s former director Fumio Nanjo, Global Head of UBS Art Collection Mary Rozell and renowned abstract artist Hsiao Chin. Besides writing, she edits essays and articles for regional media, alongside the occasional exhibition catalogue.
She completed her interdisciplinary Master’s Degree in Renaissance to Enlightenment studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2011, before working at the Singapore Art Museum and National Heritage Board from 2012 to 2016.
Reena became a senior reporter at TODAY newspaper (SG) in 2016, fronting the shift to a news oriented coverage of the local arts scene. She broke over 15 stories in the span of a year, exploring issues such as cultural leadership, diversity in terms of race, arts funding, censorship and public engagement.
Subsequently, she was a lifestyle reporter for Yahoo Singapore before leaving in 2018 to write about the art world for overseas media.