We were lucky to catch up with Alexandra Alvarez recently and have shared our conversation below.
Alexandra, looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. We’d love to hear about a project that you’ve worked on that’s meant a lot to you.
I am currently working on a series of works of art focused on the indigenous communities of Venezuela and my main objective is to educate about these ancient cultures. The modern world is built under the illusions of false needs manufactured by capitalism. With this project I want to make the community aware that there is a real world out there that we are destroying, and only by going back to the roots will we find salvation. This series is about culture, education, ecology, sustainability, reality, nature, soul medicine, connectedness, and spiritual awareness.
I come from Venezuela, an abundant land rich in ancestral culture. We have more than 40 indigenous tribes which are disappearing with the industrialization of the modern world, corruption and mining mafias on our borders.
Although I was born and raised in the city, like most Venezuelans, indigenous blood runs through my veins. I have always been very curious to learn more about these cultures and their ancestral knowledge that teaches us to live in balance with the environment. With my art I want to make visible these towns that have a lot to teach the “Western” world.
Alexandra, before we move on to more of these sorts of questions, can you take some time to bring our readers up to speed on you and what you do?
I started drawing from a very young age, I think I always knew that my destiny was the arts. I dare say that I’m one of the few lucky people who always knew her life purpose, although doubts have always been there.
I studied Illustration in one of the most prominent institutes in Caracas for being the closest career to Art. At the Institute of Illustration, I learned all the skills and techniques that I use today in my artwork.
As an artist my focus is to create a one-of-a-kind art piece every day with a powerful message on it. As an entrepreneur, I’m building my company “Guaicora Studios “which has the mission to connect people’s lives through art experiences. Art must be honored and revered every day, art gives us identity and history. I came to fulfill a purpose in life and that purpose is to keep the arts alive, because without the arts our souls die.
This project has become a platform to empower others to fulfill their dreams in the art industry. It is very hard to get your art into galleries, so Guaicora Studios gives the opportunity to show the artwork in art galleries and art fairs to emerging artists.
I just never stop… I also believe that my identity as a Latina, my image of an empowered woman, the use of the vibrant colors of my Caribbean and the infinite lines that connect me with my aboriginal ancestors are the factors that most identify me and make my work stand out from the rest.
I am proud to continue forward until the most difficult moments of my life and artistic career. I am proud of never giving up and never accepting a “I can’t”. I am proud to have become a mother without being ready and to make motherhood my flag against procrastination, defeat and failure.
With my ideas and my artistic creation, I want to leave value and a message for the future generations. It is a mission that I will carry with great responsibility. My mission in life is to connect people’s lives through art
Is there mission driving your creative journey?
Currently what matters most to me is leaving a legacy for my daughter, and I am not talking about material things. I want to leave her a legacy of tireless creation and infinite inspiration, a legacy where she feels proud to belong to the female sex and proud of the aboriginal roots of her migrant ancestors. A legacy of history and empowerment. I believe that we are in an age of many “false prophets”, where beauty is venerated over ideas.
Can you share a story from your journey that illustrates your resilience?
It has been hard to understand that this is a career with many sacrifices, one of the biggest sacrifices is making decisions that affect your economy and your social life.
When I moved to the USA and after going through a very deep processes in my life, I created my second series called: The labyrinth of my mind, because I was in a psychological stage with “no way out”. Art saved me! At this stage I began to paint to get my sh*t together. I ended up developing a style that today I would say identifies me. I play with repetitive lines and patterns that lead me to a meditative state. Lines and patterns that I use to honor my aboriginal roots. Since then, I haven’t stop painting and making important projects every year.
I have had many psychological struggles as well, however art always brings me “back home”. I have had to learn to be flexible and respect my own processes. It has been a path of great joy, but with moments of great pain, where external factors take you out of your way and purpose.
- Website: www.alexandralvarez.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexillustra/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/graficasaa
- Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexilustra
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjJvIWW6EzvBZfheeOB_l7w
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