ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC

(French-Mexican, b. 1991 in New York, NY, lives and works in New York)

 

As a rapidly up-and-coming artist, Alexis de Chaunac draws from Nature, literature, religion, mythology, art history, politics, and his own multicultural background to produce exuberant, mixed-media drawings. He describes drawing as “a transcendental language that anyone can understand”. 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. Burrough. Referring to his practice as contemporary myth making, he takes archetypes such as Oedipus, Jesus Christ or Dante “working out of them to explore the primitive aspects of human nature”. Recognizing that art and the sacred have always been connected since both question death and challenge the passage of time. 

 

Born in New York and raised in Mexico City and Paris, he grew up drawing in the studio of his grandfather – renowned Mexican artist Jose Luis Cuevas. He then came to the US to study at the Sarah Lawrence College, NY. He shows with Silas von Morisse Gallery in New York, NY and already has had his first museum solo exhibition at the Museo Iconografico del Quijote, Guanajuato, Mexico (2014) and The Pinacoteca Diego Rivera (2015).

 

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Press

VANITY FAIR ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC
October 2017
CHASHAMA (Space to Present) @ 7 East 14th St
WHITEWALL ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC: A DANCE WITH LIFE AND DEATH by Katy Donoghue, October 19, 2015
WHITEHOT MAGAZINE, A Dance with Life & Death: ART 3 Interview by Jeffrey Grunthaner, October 2015
NY1 Noticias La búsqueda trascendendental del pintor Alexis de Chaunac
BUSHWHICK DAILY What Bushwick Art to see This Week-end
ARTSY Editorial | How Trilingual Painter Alexis de Chaunac Wrestles with His Multiple Histories by Molly Osberg
NY ART BEAT, Alexis de Chaunac "A Dance with Life & Death"
CULTURAL SERVICES OF THE FRENCH EMBASSY, ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC FIRST SOLO SHOW, September 16 - October 25, 2015
EYES IN Magazine, Dance With Life & Death at Hypnotic NYC Exhibition, Alexis de Chaunac's Breathtaking Exhibition Explores Life & Death
EN CONTACTO Alexis de Chaunac invoca a la deidad y a lo bestial con Mala Sangre, by Daniela Severino, May 8, 2015
Al Calor Politico Exposición "Mala Sangre/ Bestializo"
ARTE EN VERACRUZ
HARPER'S BAZAAR MEXICO Alexis de Chaunac inaugura la exposición "Mala Sangre / Bestiario en Veracruz
IMAGEN DE VERACRUZ | GALERIA | ALEXIS DE CHAUNAC presenta su 'Bestiario' y 'Mala Sangre' by Laura Haddad, May 18, 2015
VERACRUZ Exhibe IVEC Mala Sangre / Bestiario, en Pinacoteca Diego Rivera
DIARIO AZ Xalapa veracruz, Continua la Exposición Mala Sangre / Bestiario de Alexis de Chaunac
VANIDADES Se inaugura en Veracruz la Exposición Mala Sangre / Bestiario de Alexis de Chaunac, May 2015
am | MALA SANGRE de Alexis de Chaunac by Fabiola Manzano, 19 June 2014
ALEXANDRA REBOUL about ART 3 Inaugural Opening

 

 

NEWSICAN, Profile of a new Artist: Alexis de Chaunac
May 2014
THE PHOENIX, Alexis de Chaunac's art to be exhibited starting May 17 at ART 3 Gallery in Brooklyn