|Name of Artist||Alex Molina|
|Artistic Styles||Abstract, Conceptual Art, Modern , Photo Realism, Realism , Religious , Renaissance , Surrealism|
|Subject Areas||Children, Fantasy, Nudes, Portrait, Religious, Trompe L'Oeil|
|Art Media||Acrylic paint, Dry pastel, Charcoal, Colored pencil, Enamel paint, Graphite pencil, Ink, Latex paint, Marker, Oil paint, Oil pastel, Tempera|
|Artist's Website||My art is about a personal exploration of the subject matter to which I choose to create since, inevitably, I am affected by the feeling or mood of the subject.|
|For nearly thirty years, Alex Molina has had a passion for the arts. Alex was born in the Bronx in New York City. Alex's mother, who took time out to sketch, and was Alex's first inspiration. Alex recalls, "She had an amazing photographic memory. She would sketch us while we were outside playing. When we'd go inside, she'd continue to draw the scene exactly as it was played out," recalls Alex. "I would beg her to show me how she did it, and she would let me sketch in the corner of the drawing pad."
In Alex’s first inspirational art class with Ms. Marantz he learned foundational techniques such as perspective, properly rendering figures and creating portraits. "One of the most important techniques I learned was to turn an image upside down to see if it was balanced and in proportion. It was amazing." The other positive influence at that time resulted from visiting Records N Stuff during lunch where local graffiti artist Seen worked. Alex began to emulate Seen's style of graffiti, tagging, and airbrushing tee shirts.
Alex continued to develop his passion and talent for art and enrolled into a college program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in textile design, studied Architectural Drafting at the Manhattan Technical Institute, and worked with 11 other artists at the Unique Boutique in the Village. The storefront had a window where Alex could "perform" for passersby as he engaged in his artwork. He created airbrush designs on clothing for music industry celebrities such as New Kids on the Block, Vanilla Ice, KRS 1, Special Ed, George Lamond, and Joey Kid just to name a few. Alex's reputation resulted in commissioned works for NYU fraternities, store fronts, portraits, and murals. Alex also learned the projected grid technique used by renowned photorealist artists such as Chuck Close and Ralph Goings. Alex has described this period as the best time of his life.
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