José Luis Alexanco

b. 1942, Madrid, Spain.

More than an abstract painter, José Luis Alexanco is an innovator. A founding member of the Automatic Generation of Plastic Forms Seminar, at the Computer Centre of the Complutense University of Madrid, he was one of the most prominent computer artists of Spain during the 60’s. He also helped revolutionise the Spanish art scene of late-franquism by organising the Pamplona Encounters during the 1970’s.

Arabesques, signs, geometric figures… a diverse bouquet of formal elements meet in Alexanco’s works, getting organised in space, leading us to intuit events, suggesting not only sensations but also stories. The colour expresses itself freely, joining the dance. The constant presence of greyish tones has a merging effect, helping to consolidate the ensemble. But the rhythm is not appeased: the accents are still there, showing their way. The unstoppable presence of temporality, that narrative hint, becomes clear. The moments compose a sequence, the paintings and digital works operate as segments of a larger entity, a variation of a bigger subject.

Alexanco’s works can be found in Spanish and International public and private collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, the Mie Prefectural Museum of Art in Japan, the Museum of Abstract Art in Cuenca, the Spanish National Museum of Art Reina Sofía and Juan March’s Foundation in Madrid.

Puerta Roja represents José Luis Alexanco since 2013, when his works were featured in Untold Stories – hinted narratives from Spain.