Colombian artist, Alexis Duque creates architecturally detailed drawings inspired by real skyscrapers including the Chrysler Building, Empire State, Flatiron and other landmarks to build his fantastic buildings, cities and metropolises.
Working from hundreds of photographs, Alexis details each element of these majestic edifices. The result is cities where structures are idealized and transcendent beauty is worn on the exterior of each edifice.
Alexis Duque was born in Colombia 1971, he currently lives and works in New York. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Antioquia, Colombia.
His works rely on just a few colors. Notwithstanding the use of acrylic paint, he makes the influence of illustration apparent, equally attending to all of the aspects of the painted surface without leaving anything to chance. The Colombian artist introduces architectural features that are characteristic of the Western Civilization, from ancient Greece and Rome: columns, capitals, and niches. They are symbols of the bygone ruling culture and the aesthetic model of the European colonizers, now an integral part of daily life of the populations of Latin America.
His work has been exhibited in numerous venues including: at El Museo del Barrio, The Drawing Center and Praxis International Gallery in New York; The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, CA; Champion Contemporary, Austin, TX; RudolfV Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Galleri Oxholm in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Duque’s work has been featured in several publications, including: Blue Canvas Magazine, LandEscape Art review, Beautiful Decay, Artistaday, New American Paintings, Studio Visit Magazine, The East Hampton Star, The East Hampton Press and El Diario of New York.
"Spires and Spirits" Solo show at Paul Calendrillo New York, October 13th to November 3rd, 2016
"Onloaded: Alexis Duque" curated by Ted G. Decker. Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art (phICA), Phoenix, AZ, February 20 – March 15, 2015
"Metropolis" Praxis Gallery, New York, NY, September 13- October 20, 2012
"Babel" Praxis Gallery, Miami, FL, September 12 – October 15, 2009
"El Dorado" Praxis Gallery, New York, NY, February 5th – March 12, 2009
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
“Uproot” Curated by Gabriel de Guzman at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
“25 Under 26”, Elisa Contemporary Art, NY
“Tondo, Tondo, Tondo” Curated by Dominick Lombardi, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, NY.
“Nature Ends” Curated by Matthew Garrison at The Cluster Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Bronx Speaks: Our Home, Elisa Contemporary Art at Andrew Freedman Home, NY
“Rind” at Carrie Able Gallery, Brooklyn, New York. October 2016
“Change!” the first international exhibition by Off Site Art/ArtBridge, L’Aquila, Italy. September 2016
"ARTPRIZE 2016", GRCC Collins Art gallery, Grand Rapids, MI, September 21th to October 9th 2016.
"Paradise in the City" Local Project Art Space, New York, July 14th to August 6th, 2016.
“Shaky Ground” Curated by Dominick Lombardi, at Lesley Heller Workspace New York, NY.
"Exquisite Porch" Curated by Dominick Lombardi, Morean Arts Center, St Petersburg, Florida
"Hashtags Unplugged" Caelum Gallery, Chelsea, New York.
Aqua Art Miami, Elisa Contemporary Art, NY
“MAP OF THE NEW ART“ Imago Mundi - Luciano Benetton Collection. Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Island Of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice.
“Starting Small“ curated by Danielle Gregga, Central Booking Art Gallery, New York, NY.
"A Creative Oasis" an Art Exhibition at The City Hall of Phoenix, organized by phICA-Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art, curated by Ted Decker.
Aqua Art Miami, Elisa Contemporary Art, NY
"Global Perspective" a group exhibition held at two New York Locations: Elisa Contemporary Art in Riverdale, NY and Design Studio in Bridgehampton, NY.
"Geometrical Abstraction in New York, A Fresh Look" Curated by Anne Cecile Surga, Sammer Gallery, New York, NY
"Concrete Muse" Curated by Krista Saunders, The Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY
"A Creative Oasis" Curated by Ted Decker and organized by phICA-Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art, The City Hall of Phoenix, Arizona
"A Different Kind of HOME/SHOW" curated by Kathy Zeiger, DODDS & EDER HOME, Sag Harbor, NY
"Structured Spaces" Elisa Contemporary Art, Riverdale, NY
"Espora Project" Organized by Masquelibros, (ICP) International Center of Photography Library and Museum Bookstore, New York,
Curate NYC 2013, Elisa Contemporary Art, NY
"Sommerudstilling ’13" at Galleri Oxholm, Copenhagen, Denmark
“About Face: New Portraiture Now” Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
"For Which it Stands" The Lodge gallery, New York, NY
“Black Beans/Liquid Gold” Galerie R3I, Berlin, Germany
"Seeking Space" 3rd Ward Brooklyn, NY
"A House Full of Friends" Curated by Turid Meeker and David Gibson at NOoSPHERE, New York, NY
"Paintings" Galleri Oxholm", Copenhagen, Denmark
"The Architecture of an Idea: Illustrations and concepts", The Alden B.Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland, MI
“Metropolis” Praxis Gallery, New York, NY – Solo Show
“Masquelibros” Organized by Tríplica Equipo and the UNED, Madrid, Spain.
“Blind Reproduction” A Gathering of the Tribes, New York, NY
“Puebla Ciudad Mural” Mural Project, Puebla, Mexico
"El Museo's Bienal: The(S)Files 2011" El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY
"Cluster" AG Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Illustrious” Guga Galleries, Newark, NJ
“EastXWestXHarlem” Floor4Art Gallery, New York, NY
“Around the Way” Curated by Rocio Aranda Alvarado and Trinidad Fombella and organized by Macy’s and El Museo del Barrio, NY
“Interrupted Landscapes” Champion Contemporary, Austin, TX
“Weaving in and Out” No Longer Empty, New York, NY
“Super Cluster” Praxis Gallery, Miami, FL
“El Dorado” Praxis Gallery, New York, NY – Solo Show
“Babel” Praxis Gallery, Miami, FL - Solo Show
“New Tales of Our Age” Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, NJ
“Diálogo 365” The Ice box, Crane Building, Philadelphia, PA
SPARK BOX STUDIO, Artist Residency, September, 2015. Ontario, Canada.
Immersive Artist Residency at The Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art phICA, February 16 – March 8, 2015. Phoenix, Arizona.
Le Mille Magazine, Issue 21, 2016
Art Reveal Magazine, Issue #15, Pag. 34, April 2016
“Exquisite Porch” by Dominick Lombardi, Huffington Post, March 2016
Snax Magazine “The Power Issue” November 2015
Or Does It Explode Magazine, November 2015
Foci Magazine September 2015
“A View From the Easel” Hyperallergic, July, 2013
“Metropolis” LandEscape Art review, April, 2013
“Talking Art with Alexis Duque” Thsart .com, February, 2013
“Future Perfect” Beautiful Decay Magazine, book 6
Blue Canvas Magazine # 5, July 2010, pg. 54-55
New American Paintings # 86, 2010, North East Edition. Juried by Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, Curator of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.
“The Underdogs” Beautiful Decay Magazine, book 3
“East Hampton’s Solar Greets 2008 as Brave New World” by Joan Baum, January 3, 2008
“Studio Visit” Volume # 2, June 2008. Pg. 51
“Artists Explore Brave New World” by Pat Rogers, The East Hampton Press, Dec. 19, 2007
“Scary New World” by Jennifer Landes, The East Hampton Star, Nov. 8, 2007
BFA, University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia 1995
School of Fine Arts of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia 1984 – 1989
The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY 2005
The Art Students League of New York, New York, NY 2005