Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Nuñez.
Alex Nuñez is a Cuban-American mixed media painter from Miami, FL. She received her BA from Loyola University, New Orleans in 2006 after which she completed international workshops at Firenze Arti Visive, Florence and Metàfora, Barcelona. In 2009 Nuñez received her Post-baccalaureate diploma from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2012, Nuñez earned her MFA from Hunter College, New York where she was awarded the C12 Emerging Artist Fellowship. She moved back to Miami in 2016 where she is currently a resident artist at Fountainhead Studios. She hosts a monthly podcast “Sunday Painter (www.sundaypainter.net)” Every second Tuesday night at 8 PM EST broadcasted with Jolt Radio and begins a residency next month at the Deering Estate.
Please tell us about your art.
Nuñez’s practice concentrates on the amalgamation of pop culture and personal image hoarding— ranging from appropriated images from vintage magazines to comic books—with explosions of color, texture, and sheen. Bursting with iridescent pigments, pastel chalk, glitter, confetti, pompoms, candy, and banana peels, Nuñez’s compositions become immersive environments that play on memory, erosion, overindulgence, disorientation, humor, vanity, narcissism, and opulence. Integral to her creative process is music; whether it be through source imagery or visual inspiration by way of audio stimulation.
She began “Sunday Painter” in 2016 as a platform to shine a light on local talent and peer into their sacred creative process. Weekly interviews have granted access to inspiring creatives working across multiple media. This podcast is a collage of sound that mirrors their current motivations, ongoing projects and upcoming shows; allowing artists to story-tell through various selected tracks. Artists are encouraged to invite a guest to collaborate with them each show, forging new connections in the creative community. The concept of the show originated while she was freelance DJing in grad school and became fascinated with the music selection of her peer’s studio practice. The constant exchange of music within these studio visits inspired her to make a real time snapshot of Contemporary artists in their natural habitat- where they go for hours on end, alone with their thoughts and endless access to music.
Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
An artist is morally responsible to address the events that directly impact their life and community. We are the conduits for social change and often the most accessible way to confront issues concerning misuse of power, displacement, inequality and frustration with status quo. Creating work grants us the freedom to experience the world as it could be/ as it should be. More often than not we are not given the free creative range to roam and imagine life outside of an echo chamber of media outlets. Our personal experiences are mirrored through our work, creating a universality that often can be the catalyst for life changing dialogues.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
RAW pop up December 5-9th 1 SW 1st Street Miami, FL 33131. An installation I’ve been working on for quite some time incorporating 500 embellished banana peels, large scaled mixed media painting and video. http://iamrawpopup.com/
- Website: www.alexnunez.net
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: shockingly_unambitious & THE_SUNDAY_PAINTER
- Facebook: ALXNUNEZ
- Twitter: ALEXNUNEZART
- Other: www.sundaypainter.net
Pedro Wazzan (my installation at RAW)
Denim jacket photo by JC Rodriguez
© Alex Nuñez 2018 www.alexnunez.net