Sleep Paralysis II
2019, Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 x 1.5 in.
Alex Coronel is an American contemporary artist who works primarily in painting and installation, but is also active in sculpture, illustration, animation, film, poetry, and other mediums. A lot of his work is based in conceptual art containing aspects of minimalism, abstract expressionism, design, pop art, and surrealism. He is first and foremost interested in the idea itself. "Presentation is key, however if I give too much focus on presentation too early on and not enough on the idea itself, I'll start to repeat myself in a way that feels artificial to me. Only when the idea itself is strong enough it will naturally demand multiple iterations of itself and repetition is bound to appear but does so out of necessity." Playfulness is crucial when it comes to his work. You can find him in the studio working through ideas, trying various approaches and creating a variety of prototypes, all the while keeping that playful spirit.
His main inspirations right now are U.S. history, global issues, short attention spans, and the evolution of digital art. Alex received his BFA in 2009 at Texas State University. Since then, he's traveled through Texas. Only recently settling back down in Austin.