ALEJANDRO AUGUSTINE PADILLA
Having dealt with the physiological aspects of mental illness, such as major depression disorder, panic disorder and anxiety disorder, this work is the manifestation of an artist’s attempt to face and overcome this trauma-induced anxiety.
Through the use of familiar, yet elusive forms and symbolism, I create unnatural happenings in an attempt to convey the feelings of isolation and depersonalization that often occur with depression. To further emphasize the sense of anxiety, organic and synthetic objects as well as perverse forms are set within a confined space.
Through the practice of automatism, my ink drawings become violent abstractions, my sculpture improvisational, and my film incoherent. This artistic process runs parallel to my complex emotional state, wherein my normally refined work and self are stripped down to create an idiosyncratic craft.
Everything from my personal symbolism, my perversions, my sanctimoniousness, my immoral compass, and my search for intellectual enlightenment is represented. Here everything is now symbol. Every piece laundered to live bearably in my skin.
Alejandro Augustine Padilla is a self-taught artist who has been painting in oils since the age of 15. Padilla’s artistic influences are varied and range from Contemporary artists such as Odd Nerdrum, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Dino Valls, to the writing of intellectuals like Paul Valery, Gore Vidal and the Surrealist works of Yves Tanguy and Luis Buñuel.
Padilla’s painting style combines dramatic illumination, elongated shadows and deep, dark negative space with meticulously painted objects. Although he is influenced by the stylistic techniques and fascination with the subconscious of the Surrealists, Padilla draws direct inspiration from his own experiences in dealing with mental illness and his sharp awareness of anxiety and how trauma affects a person’s mental health.
His work can be found in private collections throughout San Antonio and continues to gain recognition.
UPCOMING SOLO EXHIBITION
PAST SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 Medica/Ex Medica, Studio Fantomas, San Antonio, TX
2017 Alejandro Augustine Padilla: New Work, Studio Fantomas, San Antonio, TX
2016 My New Haunt, Studio Fantomas, San Antonio, TX
2016 Launder Ur Ghosts 'Nuff, Freight Gallery and Studios, San Antonio TX
2015 Me, Galileo Orbiter, Galileo Orbiter and I, Studio Fantomas, San Antonio, TX
2014 Launder Your Ghosts, Studio Fantomas, San Antonio, TX
2013 The Life Perverse, Bihl Haus Arts, San Antonio, TX
2011 The Art of Alejandro Augustine Padilla, Melinda Martinez Studio, San Antonio, TX
2011 Paroxysms of Unintelligibilities, Mitos Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2009 Humanness Thereafter, Gallista Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2008 Sanctified Science/Theoretical Sacrament, Mitos Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2008 10458, Mitos Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2007 The Next Beautiful Aquarium, El Sol Studio, San Antonio, TX
2006 &s + @s, Jump-Start Performance Co. Gallery, San Antonio, TX
UPCOMING GROUP EXHIBITIONS
September 21, 2018 Painting in the 21st Century, Site: Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
September 7, 2018 Art Vinyl: Spin It Your Way, The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
PAST GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Art to the Power of Ten, The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
2017 Isocyantas/Polypl/Amine Actalysts, Studio Fantomas, San Antonio, TX
2017 CAM Perennial: Reflections on Landscapes and Memory, Southwest School of Art,
San Antonio, TX (curated by Chris Ingalls)
2016 New Imagist in the Southwest, Center for Contemporary Arts, San Fe, NM, (jurors Meg Linton and Angie Rizzo)
Dreamers and Realists, Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, TX, (curated by Jesse Amado)
March Group Exhibition, Concrete Exhibition Space, San Antonio, TX
2015 Nature on the Edge: Mutation and Hybridity in 21st Century Art, Bihl Haus Arts, San Antonio, TX
God is Not Pleased, Clamp Light Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2014 No Money, No Problems, Smart Project Space, San Antonio, TX
Pop Yo Trunk, Plaza Guadalupe, San Antonio, TX
Be Bloody, Bold, and Resolute, Melinda Martinez Studio, San Antonio, TX
Bloodwork, Gallista Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2013 The Huevos Rancheros Gala, San Anto Cultural Arts, San Antonio, TX
Bloodwork II, Studio Fantomas, San Antonio, TX
2012 22nd Annual Red Dot Art Sale, Sponsor: David Rubin, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center
2011 Blood Work, SMART Art Gallery, San Antonio, TX
Fall Group Show, Mitos Gallery, San Antonio, TX
The Monster Show, Melinda Martinez Studio, San Antonio, TX
2010 M4 Studio Group Show, M4 Studio, San Antonio, TX
One For The Road, Gallista Gallery, Contemporary Art Month, San Antonio, TX
2009 Paper Bullets, One9Zero6 Gallery, San Antonio, TX
LOVE/SICK II, Gallista Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2008 From SoCal to SoFlo, Gallista Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2007 The First Annual International Burro Art Exhibit, Gallista Gallery, San Antonio, TX
LOVE/SICK, Gallista Gallery, San Antonio, TX
2006 Art Alive, Memorial Branch Library, San Antonio, TX
Iris Gonzalez, “San Antonio’s Latino Artists to Watch in 2016,” The Rivard Report, January 2, 2016.
David S. Rubin, Nature on the Edge: Mutation and Hybridity in 21st Century Art, Exhibition Catalogue, San Antonio: Bihl Haus Arts, 2015.
Bryan Rindfuss, “The Must-See, Must-Do Events of the Week,” The San Antonio Current, March 2014.
Tami Kegley, “Better than Ever: On and Fred Studio Tour,” The Rivard Report, February 2014
Sarah Fisch, “Art is (Not) Dead: How Not to Starve as San Antonio Artist,” The San Antonio
Current, February 5, 2014.
“Museums and Art Centers Offer Incredible Exhibitions for the New Year,” On the Town E-zine, January/February 2014.
Roberto Ontiveros, “Humanely Perverse: Alejandro Augustine Padilla at the Bihl Haus,” The San Antonio Current, December 23, 2013.“
Critic's Pick: Blood Work,” The San Antonio Current, November 2011.
“Xochitl Contemporary Art,” S.A. Fotoseptiembre Blog, September 2008.