ALEJANDRO JUSTIZ


Cuban-born artist based in Brooklyn, New York, Alejandro Justiz studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of “San Alejandro” in La Habana, Cuba.


Since their early days at school back in Cuba, his artwork can be included in subjects of social protest and criticism. Using foreign and local images of brands and commercial products of common daily use on developed free-market democracies around the world, considering the “special” characteristics of society and political ideals in Cuba. Also, in those early works, we can found lots of experimentation and use of different techniques and styles as wide as expressionism, surrealism to pop art, and urban graffiti art, with the use of collage and spray paint.


After graduation, this experimentation went into new environments like action art, performance, video art, and video clips, as an integrant of the action group “La Teoria Dorada de Popeye.”(Popeye’s Golden Theory”)


The most recent artwork of the artist inherits most of the early days, more subtly since his horizons have expanded from local horizons to a widest one, having migrated to France and Spain and finally The USA. Today we see an interest in simplicity, not only figurative but also conceptual, looking for a more comprehensive and close relation with the artwork and its receptors and having a bigger interest in the educational importance of “The Arts” for individuals and society in general. Experimentation has turned more into abstract expressionism, although his work can not be englobed as abstract. The reason is that his figuration begins with unprepared ambiguous, techniques and styles applying paint in an abstract non-figurative way, looking forward to the forms that later suggest the figuration. This figuration is mostly “Landscapes” not referring to it in its most classic way.


The city has a special place on these “special” landscapes, used as an object to represent; object in whom which we all develop our daily lives, necessities, and dreams. The use of collages and different materials can also be common.

At this moment, the artist has started a new process of creation based on sculpture and recycled art. He has into account the importance of today’s Art movements not on creating new styles, but on the idea of a movement based on interaction with today’s social problems and necessities, issues that will have unprecedented importance in the future, somehow turning back to those early days of social protest and criticism in a wider positive way.