|Alexis de Chaunac||
44-02 11th street, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA - Studio# 507b
Born in New York and raised in Mexico City and Paris, Alexis de Chaunac grew up surrounded by art and culture, drawing in the studio of his grandfather, a renowned Mexican artist Jose Luis Cuevas. He then lived for ten years in Paris immersed in European culture only to return to the US to study at the Sarah Lawrence College, NY. He shows with ART 3 Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; and already had his first museum solo exhibition, at the Museo Iconografico del Quijote, Guanajuato, Mexico (2014).
Rapidly up-and-coming artist, Alexis de Chaunac draws from literature, religion, mythology, art history, politics, and his own multicultural background to produce exuberant, mixed-media drawings. He works quickly, often with ink because of its fluidity, producing rich, multilayered works filled with faces and laden with cultural references. De Chaunac draws inspiration from such diverse artists as Rembrandt, Goya, Delacroix, Schiele, Picasso, and Francis Bacon, whom he groups together as chroniclers of the human condition. His own artistic rendering of humanity comes from literature. He claims influences from the Scriptures to great epics and all the way to Beat Generation writers such as William S. Burroughs. He recently took on a classical art subject of the Christian martyr Saint Sebastian.
Drawing is for me a transcendental language that anyone can understand. I consider my practice as contemporary myth-making, taking archetypes such as Oedipus, Jesus Christ or Dante and working out of them to explore the primitive aspects of the human being. Art and the sacred have always been connected since both question death and challenge the passage of time.
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