“Familia en Transito” / “Family in Transit” (2023); acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18

This week we welcome Alexis Duque, an NYC-based artist born in Medellin, Colombia. Alexis holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Antioquia in Medellin and has exhibited in numerous venues including El Museo del Barrio, the Heckscher Museum of Art, Praxis art gallery in NY; Schiltkamp Gallery at Clark University; Ogden Contemporary Arts; The Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art and Galleri Oxholm in Denmark. Duque’s work has been featured in “Imagine Architecture: Artistic Visions of The Urban Realm” by Gestalten, WhiteHot Magazine, Beautiful Decay and New American Paintings, among others.

“La Esquina” / “The Corner” (2023); Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 12 inches.

“The subject of my most recent series of paintings are the people who live in the outskirts of big cities who have emigrated in search of a better life or have been forcibly displaced from their ancestral lands.

“The Healer” (2022); Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 12 inches.

Through the use of portraiture and the elongation of some of the figures, I seek to bring attention to each character by dignifying their struggle and humanity, while referencing their spiritual being. As an immigrant in the USA, I relate to their lives’ challenges, uncertainties, as well as their joy and resilience.

“Flaca” (2023); Acrylic on paper, 17 x 14 inches.

My artistic practice is based on research conducted through observations and my own photography, which I then translate onto the canvas or paper and interpret through drawing and painting.”

“Muchacho y Piñas”/”Boy and Pineapples” (2023); Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 inches.
“Minotauro” (2020); Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 inches.

See more of Duque’s work on his website and Instagram.

Nitin is a visual designer, gallery artist, and community arts activist. Past desk-oriented posts include: PBS, Digitas, K12, Inc., Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and Sesame Workshop International....

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