Born in São Paulo , Brazil and based in Switzerland, Renê Salazar began his career as a dancer, studying in São Paulo and later performing as a soloist at the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro from 2001-2012.
His career as a dancer led to a transition into design for the stage and film production, gaining a degree in Scenography from the Institute of Performing Arts at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) . During that time he also worked as a trainee for Cine and assistant stage designer at the Municipal Theatre in Rio. In 2015 he was production assistant for Sound Kitchen at PQ 15 - Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space.
Renê's work in the theatre includes set and costume designs for opera, theatre, and ballet. Recent productions include full length Giselle for Astana Ballet in Kazakhstan as well as Ricardo Amarante's productions of Touch of Illusion and Diversity for Astana Ballet. For the 2016 cultural programme of the Rio Olympics, he designed the costumes for Trilogia Amazônica which included works by Daniela Cardim and Marcelo Gomes. He also created the costumes for Diamante for the Ballet of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Discotheke for Grupo DC de Danças.
In September, 2018, Renê created the set and costume designs for Ricardo Amarante's Premiere, commissioned by Atlanta Ballet. In Autumn 2019, he worked with Alexander Stoyanov's Kiev Ballet on a revival of Ricardo Amarante's Touch of Illusion.
Renê's other stage work includes the ballet Catulli Carmina for the Municipal Theatre of Rio and Acis e Galatea and Orfeu e Euridice for the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO). Theatre productions includes productions for Teatro Sergio Porto and SESC Circuit in Rio.
In 2021-22, Rene is creating the sets and costumes for a new full-length production of Alice in Wonderland for the National Ballet of Portugal with choreographer Howard Quintero and designing Firebird and Scheherazade, two new productions by Ricardo Amarante commissioned by Estonia's Vanemuine Ballet.