ALEJANDRO GARCÍA CONTRERAS
Alejandro García Contreras (Tapachula Chiapas, Mexico, 1982) characterises his creative work by experimentation and dialogue between different materials and technical resources, making his work a mix between various media such as painting, sculpture, photography, video and graphics. The themes of his work are linked to his personality, and through his artistic projects he explores topics and themes inspired by contemporary popular culture, Mexican folklore, myth, occultism and religion.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico, City, (Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes). His work was the winning acquisition of the 2006 Artfest WTC, and he is a two-time recipient of the FONCA / Young Creators Scholarship. He has been a member of SHOWCAVE Gallery in Los Angeles, California, director of LAC Laboratorio de Artes de Chiapas, and a member of “NETER”, an initiative dedicated to promoting the work of Mexican artists locally and internationally.
His first solo exhibition "Stardust we are, we will be" was presented by the gallery "Projectos Monclova" in 2007, and his first solo outside Mexico was shown at PS Projectspace, (Amsterdam, Holland). He also presented the collaborative project "New Gods” with Josee Pedneault at Typology Gallery in Toronto, Canada, as part of the 2015 Scotiabank International Photo Festival.
He has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Ateliers de Creation Residences of “Les Territories” Gallery in Montreal, Canada, the Casa Wabi residency program, the Julie Escoffier Residencia Dedazo in Carrillo Puerto, Chiapas, Mexico and at Unlisted Projects in Austin Texas, where he presented the exhibition “Invisible Empire”.