Alexandra Spyratos was born in Kenya where she lives most of her life surrounded by the exotic beauty and wilderness of Africa. Based between Byron Bay (Australia) and Malindi (Kenya), Alexandra has made two tranquil corners of the world her base! Influenced by her colourful background, translating the heat and the exotic beauty of the African wildlife to canvas has become Spyratos' passion and spiritual goal. This prolific artist has become known for her bold and individual style. Her paintings rich and textured with oxidized patterned gold and copper leaf, recreate the physicality and textures of the wild that inspires her Alexandra’s artistic presentation of the elephant, ostrich, buffalo, giraffe and predominantly the regal zebra, swirls about and leaps to her palette in representational form.
One views the regality of figure, the splendour and passion of the zebra, rearing off universal abstraction that searches through into a shape and form for manifestation of beauty, movement, heat and desire. It is this deep inspiration from the heart of Africa that has emerged in Alexandra’s representation of the wildlife and has evolved into an original painting style that straddles all genre and is uniquely her own. In the words of well know art Critic Miraim Cristaldi:
“In all these journeys across the most diverse countries and continents, this nomadic artist has seen and studied colour in all its territorial changes and expressive possibilities, and it has become a basic part of her artistic research. Her works have to be placed in that area of lyrical abstractions that runs from Kandinsky to Dorazio to Gustav Klimt: the form of things, though having a strictly figurative aim, is essentially geometric and two dimensional. Her poetic world seems veiled by a cool mental image and, by way of a distilled personal inventiveness, orchestrates a chromatic symphony similar to the sensibility of postmodern aesthetics.”
With thirty-six solo shows behind her with exhibitions in New York, Miami, Hong Kong, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Sydney, Melbourne, Milan, Qatar and London, Geneva and Spain, Alexandra continues to expand her creative world, exploring and contemporary style.
The artists solo exhibitions include Lion In The Sun,( Flavio Briatore’s private residence, Kenya), Cat Street Gallery (Hong Kong), Laurie’s Fine Art Gallery (Design District Miami), Libby Edwards Gallery (Melbourne), Soho Gallery (Sydney), historical Watatu Gallery (Kenya), Art In The Yard (Franschhoek, South Africa), Baitilaman(Lamu), international roaming show sponsored by Luciano Benetton, Nairobi National Museum and Fenetre sur Cadre in Geneva Switzerland. Coming up is a solo show at the Kasser Rassou gallery in the upmarket town of Marbella, Spain Commissions include Paul Hogan and Linda Kowalski, Darcy Bussell, Antonio Gallo Domitella Peugeot, Mark Bouros, Mick Doohan, William Scully, Nadia Moidu, Luciano Benetton, Kempinski Hotel(Dar Es Salaam), Four Seasons Hotel (Serengetti), Radisson Hotels (London), H.E. Geoff Tooth(Australian High Commissioner).