Alex Nuñez Is A Real Life Piece Of Art

The minute I met Alex I was enthralled. She just happened to be tagging along in one of our tour groups at the PAMM Museum in Miami. I know very little about art and the group tour leader was putting me to sleep. The leader had the good sense to ask Alex to take over. I can’t remember now what we were looking at but I still remember the sensation I got when Alex described what the artist was trying to achieve on the canvas. I felt like the piece of art suddenly became a movie script. The entire story was right in front of me. I was overwhelmed and Alex opened my eyes to a brand new world.

Not only is Alex one heck of a talented artist herself, but she has the rare quality of being able to talk about art like no other. Most artists can’t do that, or they just don’t want to. Alex’s sister Danielle, a lawyer, reminded me the other day that Alex has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Hunter College. “She knows what she is talking about,” she added. I know that but the way she says it is totally captivating. I have the pleasure now of promoting Alex to the world. Her canvasses are just the beginning, Wait till you see what is next.

Alex Nuñez is a Cuban-American mixed media painter from Miami, FL. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University New Orleans in 2006. She completed international workshops at Firenze Arti Visive, Florence and Metafora, Barcelona. In 2009, she received her Post Baccalaureate Diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She received her MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York in 2012; upon completion, she was awarded the C12 Emerging Artist Fellowship. Nuñez is the host and producer of the Sunday Painter podcast on Jolt Radio, now in the show’s fifth year of production and a recipient of The Warhol Foundation and Locust Project’s Wavemaker Grant. In 2019 she completed a year of residency at the Deering Estate. She is currently a resident artist at the Fountainhead Studios in Little Haiti.

Alex explains, “Resembling a hazy, unruly overgrowth, my abstract paintings obscure hidden messages with boldly colored splashes and creeping abstract figures. Each work is a spontaneous exploration of materiality, composed of meticulous mark-making and gestural explosions of vibrant color. Translucent forms contort and highlight a diaristic scrawl of hidden references drawn from pop culture and a personal narrative. These paintings use a stream of consciousness process that investigate memory, with an emotive range of color, comprised of anthropomorphic shapes, pointed fingers, jagged teeth, man-eating insects, alien foliage and polyps suspended within an imagined realm, tipping the perception of gravity. Each work forms universal associations that reveal subconscious connections which ultimately shape our sense of time, identity and depict the uncertainty of impermanence.

Alex Nuñez is a real life piece of art
I have lost control of the day, 2020, 84” x 100”, mixed media on canvas
Snake in the grass, 2021, 84” x 116”, mixed media on canvas
Never forget where you come from, always forget where you’re going, 2012, 78” x 96”, mixed media on canvas
Don’t set yourself on fire to keep others warm, 2018, 123” x 70”, mixed media on canvas
Búscame en casa, 2022, 90” x 67”, mixed media on canvas
The good rain knows when to fall, 2022, 94” x 81”, mixed media on canvas

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