Alejandro Almanza Pereda
Born 1977, Mexico City, Mexico
Lives and works in New York City and Mexico City
Using poor or found materials in dangerous or unlikely combinations, Alejandro Almanza Pereda creates striking works of art. A major theme is instability. Cinder blocks, plaster sculptures, metal chains, disco balls, and light bulbs are often displayed in tenuous equilibrium. Another theme might be described as entropy. His works suggest that things are always in the process of falling apart. Pereda’s works are focused on the present moment, the ingenuity of the makeshift; the brilliance of the stopgap measure that only makes sense for right now.
Alejandro Almanza Pereda received his BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2005 and is an MFA candidate at Hunter College of The City University of New York. Selected recent exhibitions: Max Estrella; Bienal de Curitiba, Brazil; Dublin Contemporary, Ireland (2011); The College of Wooster Art Museum; Chert Berlin; Fundación Magnolia, London; Magnan Metz Gallery, New York, NY; Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Moscow International Biennale for Young Art; Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Mexico City; and the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City.