Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, December 11, 1948
A self-taught artist, Colunga creates images that recall the traditions of folk art in Mexico. Alejandro Colunga is a visual artist who works in the Latin American tradition of surrealism and fantasy. He is part of the movement called Nueva Mexicanidad. When he was young, he studied architecture and later joined a circus before turning to painting.
Colunga cites Rufino Tamayo as one of the artists who have influenced him. His admiration for Mexican folk art is evident in his work, as is his familiarity with art from India and other cultures. Colunga has studied in workshops of renowned artisans in Mexico and often uses traditional techniques of ceramics and wooden sculpture.
Much of Colunga’s imagery is based on popular stories he heard as a child. Characters like La Llorona and Chamuco appear in his work. He uses the exaggeration of human anatomy (such as filling the canvas with a single, small-headed figure), along with the lush color to create a sense of “spell.”
He studied architecture, music and tourism from 1968 to 1972. He has participated in numerous exhibitions, individually and collectively since 1968, in the United States, Mexico, Europe and South America. Some of his works of art are part of important private collections, as well as museum collections.
He works on ambitious sculptural projects that integrate tanks of water, iron, glass and live fish. Its base of operations is in Guadalajara, where it develops most of its projects. Although he has his own workshops, he also works in different stores around the world. In 1988 he received the “Minervra for the Arts” award.
In 1994 he received the “Jalisco for the Arts” award and the “Architecture” award thanks to his sculpture “La Sala de los Magos”, which is located in front of the Hospicio Cabañas, in the category of open spaces.