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ALEJANDRO CAIAZZA DIVER-CITY August 14th – August 20th, 2017

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Van Der Plas Gallery

156 Orchard St

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Van Der Plas Gallery proudly presents, artist Alejandro Caiazza in DIVER-CITY, August 14th – August 20th, 2017 opening reception Reception August 16th 6-8pm



Born in 1972 in Santa Fé, Argentina, Alejandro Caiazza has Italian roots and was raised in Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela. He was trained in architecture and fine arts at the Jose Maria Vargas University in Caracas, Venezuela. His first solo art gallery exhibition was in April 1999 at the Sala de Arte de Sidor in Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela. In 2000, Caiazza moved to Paris, living and working there for 10 years. He spent a period studying at L’École Supérieure Des Beaux-Arts in Paris, attending courses taught by his teacher and mentor, Ouanes Amor.

In 2010, he developed his own universal language through the mixture of various traces, signs, figures, and colors, thus communicating feelings and sensations known to all. By the end of the year, he exhibited at the Lavatoio Contumatiale in Rome.

Caiazza currently works and resides in New York City. He continues creating extraordinary pieces that reflect the artist’s emotions, as well as those who live in the city. In his most recent work, he demonstrates a strong passion for American pop culture, embracing traditional forms expressed in primary colors, and sometimes adopting a ‘naive’ technique.

Alejandro creates paintings that are whimsical and delightful at first glance, but often there is a deeper, darker side to his work. He creates elementary and childish figures, even sometimes crude, inspired by the drawings of children, which often include criminals, skulls, clowns, and madmen. These silly, wacky characters, lurid and subhuman, are deformed, absurd, and grotesque. Many of the paintings are inspired by human emotions and daily life.

Caiazza uses acrylic, oil bar, charcoal, and spray paint, and likes to experiment with mixed media on cardboard, canvas, and wood. His style can be considered “art brut” or “neoexpressionist,” with influences such as Jean Dubuffet, Jonathan Meese, Georg Baselitz, William de Kooning, Jean Michel Basquiat, and A.R. Penk.

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