Born in Santa Fé Argentina in 1972, 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 one-man art-gallery exhibition as a fine artist was on April 1999 in the “Sala de Arte de Sidor” in Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela. In 2000 Caiazza moved to Paris, France where he lived and worked for 10 years.
Caiazza started his abstract paintings mainly with black, white, and grey, giving him a vehicle to express his interior anguish. The black in his work symbolized emotions, the white was the rationalization and essential for the existence of black, while the grey brought balance.
In 2010 he developed a universal language by mixing various traces, signs, figures, and colors, communicating feelings and sensations known to all. By the end of the year, he exhibited at the Lavatoio Contumatiale in Rome, Italy.
Caiazza currently works and resides in New York City. He continues creating extraordinary pieces that reflect the artist’s emotions. 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 whimsical and delightful paintings at first glance, but often there is a deeper, darker side to his work. He creates elementary and childish figures, often cruel, 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 figures. Many of the paintings are inspired by feelings and daily life.
He uses acrylic, oil bar, charcoal, and spray paint and likes to experiment with mixed media on cardboard, canvas, and wood. His style is “art brut” or “neoexpressionism,” with influences such as Jean Dubuffet, Jonathan Meese, Georg Baselitz, William de Kooning, Jean Michel Basquiat, and A.R. Penk.