Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexo Wandael.
Alexo, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in Bolzano, Italy. I studied architecture in Ferrara and I moved to Berlin where I worked three years as architect. After that beautiful experience and my discovery of photography, I moved to NY in 2000 where I worked as architect for eight years. At the same time my fine art photography began to be shown in galleries in NY and after 11 years of architecture, I jumped into fashion photography working for numerous international magazines like Uomo Vogue, Vogue Italia, Russian Elle, Russian Vogue, Amica, and many others. In fashion, I got close to the video medium and I started to be interested in reportage photography as well. In 2013, I went to Afghanistan embedded in the Italian Army to do a reportage about the afghan women training to become soldiers and police women and the female jails in Herat. 2013 and 2015 were also the years of my moto photo travels around US where I produced two photographic books called Dear America.
In 2014, I started an incredible journey among the Italians living and working in the US giving birth to ongoing project: ITALIANY.US. I took BW portraits on locations and interviewed 143 of them to give a historic picture of a transcultural event very close to my heart. Why all these talents and human beings are not in Italy? What is the reason to leave Italy and move away? I moved to LA in 2016 and the first thing I noticed was the huge problem of the Homelessness in LA, so I started another ongoing project called DTLA where I go and take portraits of homeless people in Downtown LA. I shoot them in front of a white background because I want to capture their humanity rather than the ambient in which they live. Now I live here in the West Side and I am starting my new career as film director. I did already some music videos and commercials for fashion brands and now I am currently working on my first short movie “To: my pink lady” based on a book written by a friend of mine during her Leukemia treatments. Wish me luck 😉
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My Art is my Passion, and it is a process where I create images and feelings. I have a love for composition and light deriving from architecture 100%. I have a love for portraits, for human beings, faces, hands, eyes, and expressions, also deriving for the lack of them in architecture where you deal with abstract forms and spaces. I always try to balance aesthetic with concept and I feel the two must to be combined and that’s my goal in my art process.
In my fine art photography, my preferred themes are layers, dynamic, and composition. I always hope my art could stop people and let them be in that moment, question themselves and perhaps create some appreciation. Art is moving: ideas, concepts, feelings, politics, boundaries. That is art and photography and moving images are a form of art. Well, now you should explore my work and hopefully see some of these words there…
How can artists connect with other artists?
An artist has to be lonely, but that is the best part because it is an important moment during the creative process. Other than that there are museums, galleries, open studios, events… social apps…. artists are everywhere… you don’t believe me? Come down to the beach…
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My work is displayed on my websites and on my socials, Instagram, and Facebook. How can you support an artist? Spread his vision, buy his work and talk to others about his art. Some of my work is on display in Venice and you can contact me for more info and for some viewing.
- Website: www.wandael.com www.alexowandael.com www.italiany.us
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wandael73/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlexoWandael/
Jennifer Missoni, Katy Perry, Female jail of Herat, Afghanistan, Leila model, Giorgia dancer, DTLA, Heim Muse, Statuesque, Michelle in Chicago, Honolulu Escherism.