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Review in Pittsburgh City Paper by Lissa Brennan
Review in Pittsburgh Tribune Review by Kurt Shaw
The exhibition includes a grouping of work from the artist’s Fulbright grant in Barcelona and his recent graduate study in Rome.
Alexis Nutini was born in Mexico City and was raised in Fortin de las Flores, Veracruz. At the age of ten he was transported by his American father to live in Pittsburgh. Frequently returning to his hometown shaped an active multicultural upbringing that has fueled his career as an artist. In 2000 he graduated from St. Mary’s college of Maryland by completing his thesis exhibition “Masks and Identity.” The project was based on his personal experiences and the Mexican carnival mask. In 2001 he was awarded a Fulbright grant and moved to Barcelona to complete his project “A visual ethnography of Spain.” In 2005, after a year abroad in Rome he received his M.F.A from Tyler School of Art.
The large monochromatic pieces that will be on display explore the artist’s identity as a Mexican-American and his experience living in Spain and Italy. He writes, “Through my images, I am embarking on a personal exploration through which an audience can visually participate in what I have experienced. My work is the expression and extension of myself, and at the same time, it is a way to preserve a record of my history and the contexts that have given my identity meaning. My art is both autobiographical on the local level and ethnographic on the universal level.” Visually he portrays his multicultural background and unique world view through a collage method that results in huge schizophrenic compositions. Intertwining figures, inverted perspectives and radical scale shifts expose personal elements of his life and reveal his vision of a world without boundaries.
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