Alexandro Garcia, a gardener born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1970, records his ethereal visions in drawings of meticulous detail that blend imaginary weightless cities, on the verge of floating off into the infinity of space, and the ballets of constellations come to meet them. They evoke an elsewhere offered up for our projections and for colonisation by a new form of humanity: “we are not alone”.
It was the experience of seeing a UFO, or avistamiento in Latin American Spanish, that triggered Alexandro Garcia’s creative side. He has no artistic training or knowledge of drawing; he produced his earliest works using a ruler, marker pens, biros, and pencils on whatever he could find, such as the backs of yearbooks. His work is close to spiritualist art in the sense that he sees himself as the instrument of external forces: “I am a channel absorbing the messages of the cosmos”.
Latin America has not given us such an exciting exploration of the tortuous paths of creativity since the artists from the Brazilian psychiatrist Osorio Cesar’s collection and, later, Magali Herrera. Alexandro Garcia’s work was first seen in Europe at the Galerie Christian Berst in 2010 and was shown at Art Paris and Drawing Now Paris the same year. His art has already been acquired by major collections of Art Brut.
visionary architecture, lisbon architecture triennale, works of the treger/saint silvestre collection, oliva creative factory, sao joao da madeira, from may 14th to june 15th, 2019.
au delà : aux confins du visible et de l'invisible, christian berst art brut, paris, from march 7th to april 13th, 2019.
drawing now art fair, le carreau du temple, paris, from march 22th to 25th 2018.
l'iguane, curators : louise hervé and chloé maillet, crédac (contemporary art center of ivry), from january 20th to march 25th, 2018.3
heterotopias : architectural dwellings, curator : matali crasset, christian berst art brut gallery, from december 2nd, 2017 to january 20th, 2018.
brut now: l'art brut au temps des technologies, curators : christian berst, brut pop, belfort museums, belfort, france, from october 29th to january 16th, 2017.
the golden ratio laws, works from the collection treger/saint silvestre, oliva creative factory, são joão da madeira, portugal, from april 29th to september 30th, 2017.
alexandro garcia : no estamos solos II, christian berst art brut gallery, paris, from december 3rd to january 14th, 2016.
art brut : une histoire de mythologies individuelles, curator : christian berst, oliva creative factory, sao joao da madeira, portugal, from june 18th, 2016 to february 26th, 2017.
sur le fil, by jean-hubert martin, christian berst art brut gallery & jean brolly gallery, from april 9th to may 22th, 2016.
preTENse, christian berst gallery, paris, from september 12th to october 21th, 2015.
évelations, hommage des collectionneurs bruno decharme & antoine de galbert à joseph ferdinand cheval, hauterives, france, from april 30th to august 30th, 2015.
art brut : breaking the boundaries, works from the treger-saint silvestre collection, curator : christian berst, olivia creative factory, sao joao da madeira, portugal, from june 1st to september 11th, 2014.
drawing now, carrousel du louvre, paris, from april 11 to 14, 2013.
art paris, le grand palais, paris, from march 18th to 22th, 2010.
alexandro garcia : no estamos solos, christian berst art brut gallery, from march 12th to april 24th, 2010.
exhibition catalog, au delà : aux confins du visible et de l'invisible, christian berst art brut ed, paris, 2019.
multitudes, n°69, winter, 2017.
visions solidaires pour demain, "le numérique est-il compatible avec le solidaire", n°2, 2017/2018, cognacq-jay fondation, december 2017, pp. 90-91.
exhibition catalogue, heterotopias : architectural dwellings, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2017.
exhibition catalogue, the golden ratio laws, works from the collection treger/saint silvestre, antonia gaeta, oliva creative factory, maiadouro, maia, 2017.
exhibition catalogue, brut now: l'art brut au temps des technologies, les presses du réel ed., belfort museums, belfort, 2017.
"nous ne sommes pas seuls", in orbs l'autre planète n°5, mai 2016.
exhibition catalogue, on the wire by jean-hubert martin, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2016.
exhibition catalogue, élévations, collections abcd/bruno decharme et antoine de galbert, hommage à joseph ferdinand cheval, palais idéal du facteur cheval, (30 avril – 30 août 2015), texts by barbara safarova, lienart ed., 2015.
exhibition catalogue, preTENse, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2015.
exhibition catalogue, treger-saint silvestre collection, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2014.
exhibition catalogue, arte bruta, terra incognita, viera da silva, arpad-szenses fondation, lisbon, 2012.
exhibition catalogue, alexandro garcia: no estamos solos, christian berst art brut ed., paris, 2010.
pablo thiago rocca, otro arte en uruguay, linardi y risso, montevideo, 2009.
selective press review
- messages from the hyperspace of mind authors la rédaction in the collection of mediumistic art , december 5, 2018.
- alexandro garcia: no estamos solos II authors Olivier de Rincquesen, image by JP Depersin in BFM TV, january 15, 2017.
- de l'art brut art high-tech authors Stéphanie Lemoine in l'oeil, january, 2017.
- Alexandro Garcia at the Christian Berst gallery, Paris authors la rédaction in blouinarteinfo, december 30, 2016.
- alexandro garcia : no estamos solos II authors bénédicte philippe in télérama sortir, december 14, 2016.
- Ouf, le merveilleux revient ! authors bruno dubreuil in viens voir, december 5, 2016.
- nous ne sommes pas seuls authors maxence layet in orbs, l'autre planète, may 2016.
- L'art brut comme aspiration infinie authors la rédaction in Première vision, July 15, 2015.
- alexandro garcia authors la rédaction in première vision, May 20 2014.
- Devine qui vient exposer ce soir authors Philippe Ducat in Oh cet echo, September 2012.
- NYOAF 2011 authors in animula vagula, February 19th 2011.
- No estamos solos rue de Charenton authors in animula vagula, March 10 2010.
- Art Paris nouvelle formule, Foire ou spectacle authors in Beaux Arts, March 2010.