Alex Chavez (Taos):
“As an artist, I work hard to create paintings that speak both to me and to others about the preciousness of life. My process is simply to draw the human figure and face with beauty, emotion, and expression. I strive, with every finished work, to breath life into my subjects. I believe that art improves the quality of life and I hope my art encourages the viewer to reflect on our ephemeral existence. ”
“The deathly figure paintings of Alex Chavez are inspired by the artist’s Mexican heritage and Central America’s Day of the Dead festivities. His expressionist figures, painted with bravado brushwork and bold color, reveal skeletal bodies and painted faces that illuminate death while celebrating life. “My goal is to create images of death that a person can hang on their wall and live with as a reminder to go out and live a life that they will ultimately be proud of,” said Chavez in a 2018 interview with Art Motif Magazine.
“Born in Los Angeles, California and a graduate of Fine Arts from California State University Fullerton, I have been a figure painter for most of my career. Currently I live in Taos, New Mexico where I have been working exclusively with oil paints on canvas and wood. I have studied with Kerry Dunn (Pensilvania) and Zin Lim (Los Angeles).