Following painting traditions in realism, Alejandro Tejeda Mora creates a snapshot of everyday life in his native Cuba. By creating an opening in the paintings for the viewer to become immersed in the scene, the artist composes his paintings strategically to communicate the satire, irony, and emotion in situations inherent to Cuban identity and the politics of the nation. Using his paintings as a vehicle, the aura of his firsthand cultural experience is translated effortlessly and approachably.
These oil paintings are constructed in a cinematic style – a composition that draws the viewer into the frame. Street scenes are often the subject of choice, depicting a wide variety of characters and situations. Light also plays an important role in the works. Shadows of architectural elements are cast to add compositional structure to the paintings while maintaining a believable depiction of time and space. The everyday scenes that Alejandro Tejeda Mora paints are a sensitive insight into Cuba and its people that many of his viewers would otherwise not be able to access. Through his formally refined realistic paintings, the viewer is transported there with him.