In her latest work, artist Cynthia Alexander celebrates the human body in motion, painting bold figures of muscular dancers exuding energetic force. This new series represents a dramatic departure from Alexander's earlier paintings, which have focused on a quiet, intimate exploration of the female form. Here, dynamic acrylic brushstrokes and an intense palette create vibrant images that bring the dancers to life.
"Because this work is so different from what I have done in the past, each piece has been an experiment," Alexander comments. "I've had to develop a more adventurous frame of mind when I paint and stay open to discovering something new every step of the way." This newfound sense of freedom is evident in the paintings themselves, and points to new directions in Alexander's future work. "This is just the beginning," she says.
Cynthia Alexander was born and raised in New York and Connecticut and now lives in Los Angeles. She credits childhood visits to the Egyptian Wing of the Metropolitan Museum as the start of a lifelong interest in the artistic traditions of non-Western cultures.
She received a BA degree from Stanford University, and has also studied at UC Santa Cruz, Foothill College (Los Altos), Otis College of Art and Design, and the Brentwood Art Center. In addition, extensive travel throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Africa has been an ongoing influence and inspiration for her work.