ALEX DE FLUVIÁ
His body of work is a hybrid of cultural observations accumulated over extensive travels, in contrast with his deep Mediterranean roots. De Fluvià has lived in New York, Cairo, Tokyo, and Dubai, all of which have reflected in the transformation of his works over the years. After 6 years in his studio in Williamsburg, De Fluvià relocated to Egypt, where he was fascinated by the Arabesque and the culture of modern day Cairo. His drawings and paintings during this period exude the essence of the mashrabia, inviting the viewer to look through the trellis of paint and discover hidden messages in the work. De Fluvià’s continuous investigation of gesture, ignited his journey to Japan in 2006, where he learned Shodo calligraphy in Tokyo. His abstractions incorporated graffiti-like motifs, Japanese patterns and his iconic red stroke. Later in Dubai, De Fluvià evolved his visual vernacular by creating works stripping the Arabic language of its connotative qualities and abstracting the beauty of its letter forms. Since 2011, his artistic production explores duality and makes reference to social and political resistance. His recent works depict mixed messages of hope while alluding to life’s uncertainty and inequality. Alex de Fluvia’s edgy and dynamic work has been extensively exhibited in the U.S., Germany, Netherlands, U.K., Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Egypt, and the U.A.E.