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Major print release of  “Saint Sebastian” by Abel Alejandre. Available at Coagula Curatorial Gallery.

Artist: Abel Alejandre
Title: Saint Sebastian
Master Printer: Todd A. Smith
Publisher: Fullerton College Art Press
Year: 2017
Woodblock print
Image size: 26.5” H x 21” W
Paper: BFK Rives/250gsm
Paper size: 34” H x 27 W
Edition: 30
Ink: Black
Price: $300

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The first seven years of my life were spent in a remote, rural region known as Tierra Caliente in Michoacan State, Mexico. I recall no running water nor electricity. Our immediate and extended family lived in Apatzingan, the nearest bona fide town. It was from here that my family and I emigrated to Los Angeles in 1975. It was, in many ways, akin to traveling from the nineteenth to the twentieth century, given the rudimentary conditions to which we were accustomed. This experience – of leaving one land for another, having to constantly redefine what it means to be a human being, a man, a part of a community – is a constant and central theme within my work. I am interested in narratives and vignettes about the seemingly discarded or unimportant moments that shape our culture. I believe that these discounted moments harbor importance and, in isolating these moments, I endeavor to stimulate reflection.

During my formative years our family lived in Wilmington, in an old Spanish-styled apartment building we nicknamed “The Standing Dead.” I consider Wilmington to be my hometown. Our small community comprised several cultures; some were welcoming, while others were indifferent or avowedly hostile to our presence. A nearby Boys Club of America afforded me a sanctuary wherein I could doodle, read, and play billiards. It was perhaps there that my creative path began. In time, my attraction to drawing became transformative.

As with other artists, my work contains autobiographical elements. In particular, I frequently explore the public and private spheres of masculinity. I’ve spent some time examining the concept of masculinity, manhood, and codes of conduct through the lives of men in my life. Often, I make use of the rooster as a metaphor and symbol for manhood, valor, machismo, and patriarchy. As I interpret this beautiful, regal (albeit common) creature, its aim is to convince an opponent of its wisdom and prescience. Yet it is a fierce animal, possessing the primal instinct to fight until its enemy is dispatched. Similarly, some men embody this quality, this sense of cunning, this unique nature, making them ideal subjects of inquiry. At this stage, I’ve come across no definitive answers, and seek only to record, to interpret, a lifetime of observation.

To my mind, an artist’s particular style – his mark – has more significance than her fingerprint or her signature. It is, in point of fact, one of the building blocks of the artist’s DNA. It must be etched with purpose, signifying commitment. It matters not if the mark is smudged or dragged or pushed or erased or redrawn. If that is the imprint, so be it. Think of the act as a tattoo that impregnates the surface. Should you attempt to remove it, it will resist. My marks are calculated to fuse certain images, anointed spaces.

I am a self-trained printmaker, and have worked with this medium for more than 20 years. Printmaking is an integral part of my work. When crafting a woodblock, my lines follow the contours of my subjects, paying homage to the traditions of master engravers. In doing so, I view my prints as my shouting voice, while the drawings – the templates – are my whispering voice. On occasion, I work on a monumental scale to present my narratives; some blocks are hand carved and may require months to complete. Once printed, each run yields a limited edition.

I work within other mediums, although most of my work consists of graphite on paper, canvas or wood. Creating a new piece is a labor- and time-intensive process, which might necessitate the expenditure of countless pencils and/or graphite leads, and up to hundreds of hours to bring to fruition.

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Abel Alejandre
Los Angeles, USA
b. Mexico

Solo and Two-Artist Exhibitions
2017
Committed to the Line, Fullerton College Art Gallery, Fullerton, CA
2016
BIG IDEA, OCC Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, Costa Mesa, CA
Public Secrets, Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles, CA
2015
Abandoned Superhero, Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles, CA
2013
A Tale of Two Birds, Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles, CA
2012
La Junta/ The Gathering, Centro Estatal de las Artes, Mexicali, BC, Mexico
La Junta/ The Gathering, Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles, CA
2010
FAMILIAR GROUND, Project_210 Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2009
Analysis, Silverstreet Gallery, Cypress Park, Los Angeles, CA
2007
Recent Works, Avenue 50 Studio, Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA
2004
Recent Works, Bamboo Lane Gallery, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA
2002
Recent Works, J.D. Magnum Gallery, Long Beach, CA
2001
Artillery-A Terrible Beauty, Coffeheaven Art Gallery & Coffehouse, Long Beach, CA
2000
Selected works, Rifts Cafe & Gallery, Long Beach, CA

Group Exhibitions
2017
Los Four Meets Los 40, La Bodega Gallery, San Diego, CA
La Piel De… muestra de art, Galeria Fronteriza, Mexicali, BC, Mexico
Out of Line, Against the Grain Figurative Masters, Riverside College Gallery, Riverside, CA
Modern Art Blitz: The L.A. Invasion, California Fine Arts Exhibition, Santa Ana, CA
2015

(self) portraits #2, Curated by Adelinda Allegretti, Cypress College Art Gallery, Cypress, CA
The Drawing Show, The Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles, CA
Frank|LA, No Place Like Home, Imperial Art Studios, Los Angeles, CA
ARTillery: Contemporary Art Influenced by Weaponry, Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Mesa, AZ
Aqui Estamos / We Are Here California Chican@ Art, Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos, CA
Funny Face: Group Show of New Portraiture, Red Pipe Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2014

Los Angeles Contraventions, Galerie Merkel, Grenzach-Wyhlen, Germany
ANEKANTAVADA Diverse Perspectives in Art, Norco College Art Gallery, Norco, CA
2013
Size Really Does Matter, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
La Xilografía: Mexican Woodcut Prints, Fullerton College Art Gallery, Fullerton, CA
100 Años De Posada Y Su Catrina, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL
Summer Group Show, Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles, CA
Encore: bringing one back for another experience, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA
Latino Heritage, ChimMaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
SHG Print Fair and Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA
Chicano y Que, Plaza De La Raza gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Salon Style Saturday, Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles, CA
Signature Works: 25th Anniversary Gifts to the Permanent Collection, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL, USA
2012
Miami Project Art Fair, Cuagula Curatorial, Miami, Florida, USA
From Bukowski to St. John the Evangelist, Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Open Your Eyes/Abre Los Ojos, The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton, CA, USA
Latino Heritage, ChimMaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Resurrected Histories, Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2011
Top 10 Now, Avant-LA, Los Angeles, CA, USA
The 45 Show, Twenty Miles East Art Gallery, Pomona, CA, USA
Pasteles, Fremont Gallery, Pasadena CA, USA
2010
Words of Paz, Avenue 50 Studio, Highland Park, CA, USA
12×12, ChimMaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
El Arte de Los Angeles, Xico Gallery, Arizona, USA
8va. EXPO ARTE EROTICO, Mexicali, Baja CA, Mexico
Big Print Show, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
TEPEYAC APPARITIONS: La Virgen Revealed, Mexican Cultural Institute, Los Angeles, CA
2009
Dia de los Muertos, ChimMaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
16×20, ChimMaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Dibujos: Emergency Landing, Tropico de Nopal, Los Angeles, CA
Nuestra Madre, ChimMaya Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Drawn to You: Intimate Portraits, Project 210, Pasadena, CA
Self-Portraits in the Age of MyFaceSpaceBook, I-5 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2008
Ebbs & Flows – Sea Change and the Family Gathering, Center of the Arts, Eagle Rock, CA
25th Annual Day of the Dead Altars and Ephemera, The Folk Tree, Pasadena, CA
1 + 1, Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA
¡Presente! Homenaje a la Mujer, Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA
2007
Please, Please, Please Don’t Go, Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA
Continuing the Latino Tradition, Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
A Short and Sweet Epiphany II, Tropico de Nopal, Los Angeles, CA
2006
Holy Nuptials A Survey of Artwork Based on the Theme of Marriage, Avenue 50 Studio, Highland Park, CA
A Short and Sweet Epiphany, Tropico de Nopal, Los Angeles, CA
2005
Off the Map, Temporary alternative space, Los Angeles, CA
Red Means Go, Artshare, Los Angeles, CA
2004
Pieles y Carne, Casa de mi Tia Alternative Art Space, Mexicali Baja CA,Mexico
Terciopelo Tijuana Velvet, Constituto de Cultura de Baja CA, Mexico
2003
Shelter: coming home, Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA
Metamorphosis, Gallery Figueroa, Highland Park, CA
Convergence: Portable Labor and Convening, Los Angels, CA/Mexicali, BC, Mexico
2002
What Price Freedom?, Gallery Figueroa, Highland Park, CA (curated)
Find Your Way Home, Hollywood, CA
Rhythm of Life, Brodlin Hotel, Long Beach, CA
2001
Peace by Piece, Gallery Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA
Eye-Speak Project, Glendale, CA
2000
Recent Works, East of Getty Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
1999
Selected Works, MOLA (Museum Store), Long Beach, CA
Recent Works, Whittier Art Walk, Whittier, CA
1989
Fiesta en la Playa I, Long Beach, CA Sponsored by KVEA CH 52
1987
Long Beach Art Gallery, Long Beach, CA

Art Fairs
2017
2017 Dallas Art Fair, Coagula Curatorial Both B4, Dallas, TX
LA Art Show: Historic | Modern | Contemporary, Coagula Projects, Los Angeles, CA
2015
Beverly Hills Art Fair, Coagula Curatorial booth, Beverly Hills, CA
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair: post-war and contemporary art, Coagula Curatorial booth, Palm Springs, CA
LA Art Show: Historic | Modern | Contemporary, Cartwheel Art booth, Los Angeles, CA
LA Art Show: Historic | Modern | Contemporary, Coagula Curatorial booth, Los Angeles, CA
2014
Pulse NY, Coagula Curatorial booth, The Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY
Project Art at PULSE NY, ProjectArt booth, The Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY
2012
Miami Project: Contemporary + Modern, Coagula Curatorial booth, Miami, FL

Artist Performances
2010
Ofrendas 2010: Walking Altars, Tropico de Nopal, Los Angeles, CA
2009
Ofrendas 2009: Walking Altars, Tropico de Nopal, Los Angeles, CA
2008
Ofrendas 2008: Walking Altars, Tropico de Nopal, Los Angeles, CA
2002
Tinderbox, Que Sera, Long Beach, CA
2001
Poetic Soul, Club 49, Long Beach, CA

Special Projects

2017
2017 Artist in Residence, Fullerton Colllege, Fullerton, CA
2015
FrankLA: No Place Like Home
2012

Self Help Graphics serigraph Edition
2011
Self Help Graphics Monoprint series
Self Help Graphics Monoprint series
Rock, Paper, Scissors, Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles, CA (Curated)
2010
Atelier Visit ateliervisit.com artist interview project, Global
1992-3
Curated Art Shows at G Gallery, Long Beach, CA
1985
Youth Mural Project, Long Beach, CA
1984
Summer Olympics Youth Mural Project, Long Beach, CA

Films
2013
Cock Fighting by Eric Swenson
2012
Resurrected Histories: Voices from the Chicano Arts Collectives of Highland Park
Artist Interview of Abel Alejandre by Mat Gleason
2011
“Avant LA: Curated by Mat Gleason” by Eric Swenson
Interview with Myron Kaufman by Abel Alejandre
2010
Interview with Lisa Adams by Abel Alejandre
Interview with Mary Heebner by Abel Alejandre
Interview with Jane Castillo by Abel Alejandre
Interview with Leigh Salgado by Abel Alejandre
Interview with Dominique Moody by Abel Alejandre
Interview with Daniel Marquez by Abel Alejandre
The Spirit of Mexicali: Interview wih Ismael and Heriberto Castro by Abel Alejandre
1985
Film Documentary on youth and arts, Broadcasted on CH 22, CA

Grants / Public Projects
2016
Metro Expo Line station: Westwood/ Rancho Park Station (Finalist in 2012; awarded in 2013; completed in 2016)
2011
Southern California Council for the Humanities:
Resurrected Histories: Voices from the Chicano Arts Collectives of Highland Park (working with Avenue 50 Studio)

Articles
2016 Sharon Mizota.  “REVIEW The truth is out there. Or is it? Conspiracies and secrets in the art of Abel Alejandre”. Los Angeles Times
2015 Amy Newlove Schroeder. “Metro Artist Abel Alejandre Draws Fallen Superheroes”. LAMag.com
2014 Amalia M. Merino. “Sneak peek into fabrication process for artwork at future Westwood/Rancho Park Station”. TheSourceMetro.net
2014 Alissa Guzman. “Searching for an Idea at Pulse Art Fair” Hyperallergic.com
2013 Zimskind, Lyle. “Framed: Charles Bukowski, Alone and At Ease with His Vices”. lamag.com.
August 12, 2013. Los Angeles Magazine. Web
2008 Gauthier, Robert. “Dia de los Muertos Ofrendas 2008 Calavera Fashion Show”. latimes.com.
November 8, 2008. Los Angeles Times. Web
2007 Heather Jeno. “Continuing the Latino Tradition”. Santa Barbara Independent June 7, 2007. Weekly.
2004 Diana Merchant. “La Casa de La T’a Tina: Espacio alternativo de Arte y Musica”. Siete Dias
September 2004.
2003 Susana Huante Corrales. “Converge la Realidad de la Frontera y el Arte”. Siete Dias March 2003.
Kristin Friedrich. “Home for the Holidays”. Downtown News December 12, 2003: Pg 21.
2002 Theo Douglas. “Soul Mix”. The Press-Telegram November 22, 2001: C1. Newspaper.
2001 Kymberli Connernordyke. “A Terrible Beauty” The Signal October 25, 2001: pg 10 & 14. Weekly.
Rae Anne Robinett. “Thought-Provoking Images Spark Coffeehaven Exhibit”. Downtown Gazette
December 2001: Pg 36A-37A. Weekly.
2000 Maude Wilson. “Alejandre combines modern, ancient art”. The Signal July 13, 2000: pg 12. Weekly.
Eleodoro Ventocilla. “Un Artista en Casa”. El Economico August 18, 2000. Weekly.

Books
2015 Barbara Kerwin. Drawing from the Inside Out: Projects for Beginning through Advanced Drawing. Pg 123. Book.
2015 Department of Cultural Affairs. “Latino Heritage Month 2015 Calendar and Cultural Guide”. Los Angeles, California. Pg 45, 74. Book.
2012 The Power of Movement: Student Curators Explore the Enduring Legacy of Chican@ Art.
Los Angeles, California. Pg 6, 7. Book.
2012 Atelier Visit. La Junta / The Gathering by Abel Alejandre
Los Angeles, California. Book.
2010 Photographs by Leopoldo Peña. “36 L.A. ARTISTS”.
Los Angeles, California. Pg 3. Book.
2010
Department of Cultural Affairs. “Latino Heritage Month 2008 Celebrating a Mosiac of Cultures”.
Los Angeles, California. Pg 40. Book. Sponsored by Disney
2008
Department of Cultural Affairs. “Latino Heritage Month 2008 Celebrating a Mosiac of Cultures”.
Los Angeles, California. Pg 17, 38. Book. Sponsored by Target
2007
Department of Cultural Affairs. “Latino Heritage Month 2007 Calendar & Cultural Guide”. Los Angeles, California. Pg 36. Book. Sponsored by Disney

Collections
Fullerton College Art Collection, Fullerton, CA
Metro Art Collection, Los Angeles, CA
National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL
Private Collection, Beverly Hills, CA
Private Collection, Long Beach, CA
Private Collection, Los Angeles, CA
Private Collection, Portland, OR

Artist Residency
2017

2017 Artist in Residence, Fullerton Community College, Fullerton, CA

Guest Speaker Artist Talks
2017
Riverside College, Riverside, CA
Fullerton Community College, Fullerton, CA

2016
Pasadena Community College, Pasadena, CA
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
Hollins University Visual Art Center, Roanoke, VA
Ryman Arts (Otis College), Loss Angeles, CA
Glendale Community College, Glendale, CA
California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA
Westwood/Rancho Park Metro Station, Los Angeles, CA
2015
Fullerton Community College, Fullerton, CA
Renaissance High School for the Arts, Long Beach, CA
2014
LAUSD, Los Angeles, CA
2008
Millikan High School, Long Beach CA

Appearances
2015 Modern Art Blitz, Guest interview
2003 KPFK (Covering Shelter exhibit)

Education
AA, Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA

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