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Alex Dakos working in his art studio

ALEXANDER M. DAKOS

Biography

Alex is a Los Angeles based artist and a native of California. His interest in art was sparked at an early age and he started taking lessons to unleash his creativity. His early work was recognized and led to several art awards through school, including most popular in high school. Alex continued to study art history in college, where he earned an Associate of Arts degree. But most of what he's learned is self taught through practice.

 

He finds inspiration in almost everything found in nature, dreams, classic artists, the music he listens to and the things he's experienced. The mediums that he prefers to use vary between ballpoint pens, ink, graphite, oil paint, spray paint and digital.

 

In his youth he was heavily preoccupied with skateboarding and graffiti art. Out of high school he did graphic design and marketing as a profession for 15 years. Around 2016 he started taking his art more seriously. Alex invested in a professional printer, shipping supplies and began creating art full time

Artist Statement

I'm a self-taught American Artist inspired by philosophy, psychology, nature and religion. I work traditionally with pen and graphite on specialized paper, ink and engraving on Claybord or oil paints on wood panel. My artwork seeks to explore an alter universe where spontaneous visuals of new morphed creatures' dwell. My subject matter touches on the synergy between living things and sometimes dead things coexisting, while depicting the frailty of life and our impending mortality. I also transmit unusual dreams and visions of abstract concepts. The essence of what I’m trying to capture with my work, is a collaboration between dark moody surreal landscapes and religious undertones, laid out in a highly visual experience. My style tends to have a urban graphical vibe, but transformed into a more classical fine art illustrative look. My process is unique in translating the extra fine details found in the natural world, into the hyper detailed cross-stipple line style I execute. My goal is to study every aspect of my environment and the messages found within. Then to render them in a aesthetically pleasing way using various marking methods.

-Alex Dakos

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