"In the paintings where it's there—the tenderness—I work for it. I'm not afraid of it. If I could put my bleeding heart in there, I would."
Alejandro Almanza Pereda (b. 1977, Mexico City, Mexico) lives and works between Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York and Mexico City, Mexico. He earned a BFA from University of Texas at El Paso (2005), attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2004), and is an MFA candidate at Hunter College of The City University of New York (2015). He has been a resident at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha (2011), while his awards and honors include grants from the Harpo Foundation (2010), Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (2008), and the National Fund for the Arts and Culture (FONCA) Programa Jovenes Creadores Mexico City (2005, 2007). His work has been included in the exhibitions Caminar la línea, Max Estrella, Madrid (2012); Bienal de Curitiba, Brazil (2011); Dublin Contemporary, Ireland (2011); Within the Realm of Possibility, The College of Wooster Art Museum (2011); SOMETHING FOR NOTHING, Chert Berlin (2011); Did it my way and took the highway, Fundación Magnolia, London (2011); The heaviest baggage for the traveler is the empty one, Magnan Metz Gallery, New York (2010); Ideational Architectures, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery (2010); Qui Vive?, Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2010); 20 Años del Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Mexico City (2009); Hecho en Casa, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City (2009); Andamio (temporary frameworks), Art in General (2007); S-Files 007, El Museo del Barrio (2007); and the Queens International, Queens Museum of Art (2006).done reading