International artist Alexandra Spyratos will present her latest artworks at Kasser Rassu Gallery, Marbella from the 1st-31st July 2015.
Alexandra Spyratos was born in Kenya where she lives most of her life surrounded by the exotic beauty and wilderness of Africa. Based between Byron Bay (Australia) and Malindi (Kenya), Alexandra has made two tranquil corners of the world her base, painting in her studios for exhibitions worldwide.
Influenced by her colourful background, translating the heat and the exotic beauty of the African wildlife to canvas has become Spyratos’ passion and spiritual goal. This prolific artist has become known for her bold and individual style. Her paintings rich and textured with oxidized patterned gold and copper leaf, pure coloured silver leaf, soft pastels and acrylics, recreate the physicality of the wild that inspires her glamorous style.
Alexandra’s artistic presentation of the elephant, leopard, cheetah, ostrich, buffalo, giraffe and predominantly the regal zebra, swirls about and leaps to her palette in representational form. One views the regality of figure, the splendor and passion of the zebra, rearing off into a universal abstraction that searches through shape and form for manifestation of beauty, movement, heat and desire.It is this deep inspiration from the heart of Africa that has emerged in Alexandra’s representation of the wildlife and has evolved into an original painting style that straddles all genre and is uniquely her own. In the words of well know art critic Miraim Cristaldi,
“In all these journeys across the most diverse countries and continents, this nomadic artist has seen and studied colour in all its territorial changes and expressive possibilities, and it has become a basic part of her artistic research. Her works have to be placed in that area of lyrical abstractions that runs from Kandinsky to Dorazio: the form of things, though having a strictly figurative aim, is essentially geometric and two dimensional. Her poetic world seems veiled by a cool mental image and, by way of a distilled personal inventiveness, orchestrates a chromatic symphony similar to the sensibility of postmodern aesthetics.”
With thirty-six solo shows behind her, exhibiting in New York, Miami, Hong Kong, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Sydney, Melbourne, Milan, Qatar, London and Spain, Alexandra continues to expand her creative world, exploring and evolving in her individual contemporary style.
Presently based predominantly in Kenya, Alexandra is in the heart of her passion and a stone throw away from the wildlife that is the essence of her inspiration. She is also actively involved with many charities in Kenya, USA and Australia, using her art to raise money for the protection of elephants (David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Space for Giants) and the also the education of children in outreach programs(art therapy and murals). Working as a volunteer for CISP(Child Protection centre), Alexandra takes her talents far and wide into the deepest bush of Kenya, painting murals with the children, depicting environmental and educational themes and creating artworks in the most secluded areas of Africa.
Charities Supported: Born Free Foundation, Kenya African Rainforest Conservancy, New York African Leaf, Byron Bay/Kenya Orphanage Kitengela Byron Bay Breast Cancer Group, Byron Bay, Australia C.I.S.P Child protection Centre, Malindi , Kenya Malindi Breast Cancer Support Group, Malindi, Kenya David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, KenyaSave a Childs Heart US4.Campaign-archive2.com
The Artists recent exhibitions include Lion In The Sun,( Flavio Briatore’s private residence, Kenya), Cat Street Gallery (Hong Kong), Laurie’s Fine Art Gallery (Design District Miami), Libby Edwards Gallery (Melbourne), Soho Gallery (Sydney), historical Watatu Gallery (Kenya), Art In The Yard (Franschhoek, South Africa), Museo Bilotti di Villa Borghesa Rome, an international roaming show sponsored by Luciano Benetton and Kasser Rassu Gallery in Marbella(1st-31st July 2015)
Commissions include Paul Hogan and Linda Kowalski, Darcy Bussell, Antonio Gallo, Domitilla Peugeot, Mark Bouris, Mick Doohan, Nadia Moidu, William Scully, Kempinski Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel and Radisson Hotels.
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