bio

Alex Podesta was born in North Carolina and got taller in Virginia. As an adult, he became a life-long resident of New Orleans. His more formative artistic study took place at the Virginia Governor’s Magnet School for the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of New Orleans, where he earned an MFA in 2007. Since completing his graduate studies, Alex Podesta has mounted numerous solo exhibitions, participated in group shows locally, nationally and internationally and installed an outdoor public sculpture for the Art In Public Places initiative from the Arts Council of New Orleans and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Additionally, his work has been featured in numerous print and online sources including ARTnews, Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine, Oxford American, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Gambit Weekly and The Times Picayune.. In ancillary pursuits, he has been a regular contributor to Art Voices Magazine and is a member of the St. Claude Arts District’s artist run exhibition space, The Front. He continues to live and work in New Orleans.

artist statement

In all of my recent work I have culled the rich fantasies, daydreams, misconceptions and experiences of childhood and re-contextualized them through the filters of adulthood, experience and education. This effort has been made in an attempt to plumb the depths of the creative and comprehensive naiveté of youth; to illustrate, in engaging and serio-comic ways, the role of fantasy, “othering” and conflict in nascent self-awareness; and, through the time honored tradition of solipsistic navel gazing, to pick gently at the loose thread of wistful escapism inherent in a quiet, down hill slide into maturity. The central character in my works is usually found lost in a reverie of industriousness, paired with doppelganger or other machinations of his childish imagination. In concert, these figures toil at understanding, through experimentation or illustration, existential perplexities ranging from possibly surmountable commonplaces – e.g. What is loneliness and how is it combated? – To metaphysical impossibilities – e.g. Who is this god dude? And is he a hero? Like Superman? Or soldiers? Or knights on horseback? And what does hero mean anyway? Of course, no traction will really ever be gained with these pursuits. These boys and toys and bunny/man chimera will be forever locked in the Sisyphean toil of misapplication, miscomprehension and misunderstanding.


Self-Portrait as Bunnies (Bad Boy)


120"x86"x60"

Mixed Media Sculpture

2014




Self-Portrait as Bunnies (Hubris)


30"x100"x60"

Mixed Media Sculpture

2010




Jumper


90"x30"x46"

Mixed Media Sculpture

2013




The Hero


110"92"x42"

Mixed Media Sculpture

2011




City Watch


92"x80"x60", 35' above street

Mixed Media Sculpture

2011




The Victors


96"x66"x42"

Mixed Media Sculpture

2010




Self-Portrait as Bunnies (Scientist)


108"x32"x36"

Mixed Media Sculpture

2011




Sleepers


60"x66"x32"

Mixed Media Sculpture

2011




Saints


70"x110"x42

Mixed Media Sculpture

2012




Locked


70"x28"x20"

Mixed Media Sculpture

2012