Born in Mexico City, Alejandro (Alexati) Carrillo turned to art as a means of capturing the beauty in his life. Later, it became a refuge when the surrounding world became dark or dull. Carrillo is primarily a figurative painter drawing on art nouveau and art decon influences. Most evident is his appreciation of Tamara de Lempicka’s work, which echoes through his own paintings. Carrillo also turns to other painters for inspiration: to the delicacy of Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun’s figures and to the wildness of Dali and Kahlo, as well as to photographers Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin for the glamorous approach they take with their work.
Working with oils, Carrillo achieves smooth skin tones accented by strategically placed colors. Wrapped in rich, red gowns and furs, adorned with makeup, never more than an arm’s reach from a cocktail or glass of champagne, Carrillo’s figures represent the epitome of luxurious existence. However, this glamor is shallow, he warns. “It is the illusion some of us like to keep in our minds, to be able to keep standing in the world and have a goal.”
Alejandro (Alexati) Carrillo works from a studio in Condesa, Mexico City.