We had the good fortune of connecting with Alejandra Phelts and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alejandra, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born and raised in Mexicali, a desert city in Baja California, where the weather is extreme, sun downs are beautiful and where the light is privileged. I was raised by my parents as the youngest of five sisters. My mother, who was a sewing artist, taught me how to love and appreciate the art, she also taught me how to cherish everything that was handmade and to worry about perfection. My father, Teacher and founder of CETYS University, a wild booklover, shared with me his knowledge and passion for art history and traveling. -Experience that changed my vision When I was eighteen I traveled to France to study Philosophy, and there was where my vision of the world changed completely. I took Art History classes, I’d visit museums, galleries, artistic shows regularly. My taste and knowledge for art was fascinating and exciting, it’s funny how I used to think that artists were only people that had supernatural gifts, I never thought that I would become one. When I returned to Mexico I decided to study Artistic Education for Children, I went to a museum where I ran into an artist, we talked for hours and that’s when I realized that art was the path to take and become an artist. I’ve worked extremely hard ever since, not only to professionalize myself as an artist but to turn my talent and creativity into something more. It’s been twenty years and I until this day I’ve always considered art as a wonderful trip, full of interesting experiences and people you meet down the road, a daily choice that requires hard work, focus, and concentration. Art is a passionate profession that mixes both the public and intimate. I consider it a gift from life gave to me, along with great experiences, friends and trips.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Art is a journey – a vehicle of discovery. Being an artist is not easy, society does not make it easy, but regardless of your difficulties it is worth it, as an artist you have to be an entrepreneur, have discipline and a great desire to show your work, be convinced that you are an artist and no other path will give meaning to your life as Art. I am an artist because in art, I am able to reclaim the feelings of wonder and surprise that I felt as an infant – because as an artist, with a simple pencil I can recount stories, foster feelings and provoke thought – because as an artist I have the privilege of creating, to begin and end, as if to give birth. Creating art is always a challenge – it requires determination, passion, surrender, and a great deal of love. I work in color, contrast, movement, and gestures; I seek to deliver light, life, and a beauty to awaken the mind and heart. I enjoy making my art tell a story, appeal to one’s memories – imbuing my subjects with a soul that speaks to you with their gaze. For me, the simplest thing can be the subject of my art – the most important aspect is that it is something that is truly of interest to me. My works have changed over time, according to what is important in my life, and I have expressed in them both profound happiness and deep sadness, always seeking beauty and truth and attempting to achieve a result that engenders sensations of hope. Paint is my primary focus, but I’m curious, and I enjoy experimenting …. contemporary art provides that marvelous diversity. I like to experiment with integrating different materials and techniques, installation, photography, drawing, … My profession has taken me around the world, There are already 60 exhibitions, Asia, Europe, Africa, America, it is a great blessing to be able to transmit my work in other countries with people of such a different language and culture enabling me to meet some extraordinary people. It is amazing how art can move us and connect us deeply with others Art is freedom; it pushes me to go beyond previous limits – while allowing me to really be – to be myself.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The Cali Baja region is fantastic, San Diego, Tijuana offers incredible diversity in a few kilometers, I would recommend the Little Italy area in San Diego and Balboa Park with its museums, crossing the border you will find Downtown Tijuana do not forget to try the Cesar Salad that was invented in the Cesars restaurant then visit the CECUT Museum in the Zona Rio is 15 minutes away that houses extraordinary international exhibitions, then drive 15 min and go to my studio in Playas de Tijuana where I will show you my last work and I will invite you to a good Mexican Wine and three blocks taste the best tacos in Tijuana at Tacos el Francés, then just 45 minutes by car you will be in the Valle de Guadalupe, the area of Mexican vineyards par excellence, I recommend you especially the Clos de Tres Cantos, Decantos and Monte Xanic vineyards, don’t forget to make a reservation at the Laja restaurant, it’s delicious, and finally Ensenada, tasting its delicious food, Wines and Craft Beers.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to thank my sisters Susana, Victoria, Maris and Araceli, for their unconditional support throughout this journey and of course my children Iker and Dante who are my inspiration and who give me energy and love every day.