We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexia Burgos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexia, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Pursuing an artistic career means me doing what I love and it gives me a drive to always be improving and experimenting. Of course as an artist, I have a drive to create new and better things. But when combined with an artistic career, it inspires me more than anything else, I can’t imagine being driven as I am without my art by my side.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
A lot of the artwork I have created over the past few years have been mostly paintings. I love painting so much but right now I am working on expanding my portfolio with more illustrations! My personal artwork often explores themes of creating new realities out of my own thoughts and anxieties. I construct places to explore complicated emotions I struggle to express outside of my visual works. In my art, I mix the feeling of familiarity with the unknown; a contemporary blend of styles.
I focus on the human form, showing abstract feelings by using the human body to express them. Figures are often ornamented with otherworldly swirls, creatures, and elements that may be known but placed in a new context. The subject and its surroundings are painted with unnatural colors, separating it from the ordinary. I don’t like to stay still with the materials and the processes I use; instead, I am constantly experimenting to give me creative drive. My favorite mediums, determined through experimentation, are oil painting and digital art. Both mediums allow me to work with a variety of colors and create aesthetically pleasing artwork in a two-dimensional space.
And with professional work I take all the skill I learn from visual fine arts and apply it with what I create. From infographics, illustrations, to logos, each has my own personal flair which is shown in each one I create for clients. I am always eager to experiment to make something I’m proud of and the client is happy to have as their own.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I wear to bring a friend to Houston, I would immediately bring them to Montrose! There are so many fun places to visit in that area. As a vegetarian, here are some of my favorite places to eat. Christy’s for breakfast, B&T Cafe for lunch, and Barnaby’s Cafe for dinner. Christy’s has great donuts for a great price. I would get all the time when I was on the go in the morning. B&T has amazing boba with a large selection to chose from. They also have a yummy spicy tofu bahn mi I get every time I go. And finally, at Barnaby’s Cafe, the black bean patty is the best patty to choice for the burger! I am very picky with my veggie Pattie’s but every time I go there, it is delicious without fail. For places to visit, of course all of the artsy places are my favorite. To start, the Glassell Art Block is a great place to visit. You can take art classes there, visit the garden rooftop, and my personal favorite is student art sales! And right next to the building is the Cullen Sculpture Garden where you can walk around and admire some beautiful pieces of art. And yes of course right next to that is the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. At my pace, it would take me three hours to get through it all. And some other places to visit for an art filled day is The Menil, Art League Houston, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Lawndale, and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to both of my previous and current fine art teachers who have always encouraged me to push myself to go the extra mile, Mrs. Gomez and Mr. Herron. Without them I would have never gone outside of my comfort zone and grown into the person who I am today.
Other: My email: email@example.com