Alex Achaval (°1986)




My work can be described in many different categories but I would simply define it as contemporary portraiture.  An added uncharacteristic element or found object can also be seen throughout my work such as the “paintbrush girl” series where I take classic wooden brushes and apply them onto the canvas or wood panel before I begin. This series of 3d painting was adapted after seeing an old truck that someone had painted to blend in with the wall behind it in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. I like to incorporate these objects into my work to represent the obstacles we have to overcome in life. You have to  either paint over it like it was never there or embrace it. Not to mention it challenges me, it works well and it’s fun! You can see me at goodwill or Value Village with my hands full of the weirdest combination of objects.


I try to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations. I believe that is what art is all about. Your own associations. "I simply love to paint and create something that will live forever, and that something is usually pretty bizarre."



I’m currently living and working in Seattle. I own and operate artificial gallery/studio in Pike place market which is my full time studio space. It's located in the down under shops #314. 



BG gallery, Stripes group show, Santa Monica, CA
Axis Gallery, Erratic Composure, Duo show with Brooke Westlund, Seattle, WA
Seattle Emerging Arts fair, Group exhibition, Seattle, WA
Artificial Gallery, ongoing, Pike place market, Seattle, WA
Gabba Gallery, Solo exhibition (altered panarama) Los Angeles, CA
Gabba Gallery group show "remix" the art of music, Los Angeles, CA
19 Karen Gallery, ongoing, Mermaid Beach QLD, Australia


19 Karen Gallery, 19 Karen Avenue, Mermaid Beach QLD, Australia 
Artificial Gallery, Pike Place market, (studio gallery) Seattle , WA
Gabba Gallery, Crate digger 2 group show, Los Angeles, CA
New York Academy of Art, Singlefare 4 group show , New York, NY


19 Karen Gallery, 19 Karen Avenue, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218, Australia
Artificial Gallery, Pike place market. Seattle, WA
Las Laguna Gallery, Day of the dead group show, Laguna Beach, CA
55 Bell Gallery, Group exhibition Seattle WA
Blowing Sands Gallery, Recycle art show, Seattle WA
Bemis Art show, Group exhibition, Seattle WA
Parklane Gallery, Annual Miniature show, Kirkland, WA
The Gypsy and James, Rosylyn,WA 


Artificial Gallery, Pike place Seattle, WA
Local Color, group show Seattle WA
Exchange LA, RAW group show, Los Angeles
Surface Theory, Seattle WA
Couch Ballard, Seattle WA
Brooke Westlund Gallery, Seattle
West Elm, Seattle
Urban Light Studios, Gallery Solo show, Seattle

Geddis Gallery, Seattle
RAW artists "Panorama", Nuemos, Seattle
RAW artists "Allure" Los Lobos" Los Angeles, CA
RAW artists "Awakening", Showbox Market, Seattle
Brooke Westlund Gallery, Pike Place, Seattle

Pancakes and Booze art show @ElCorazon, Seattle
Speck Gallery, Seattle WA
OK Gallery, Seattle WA

Speck Gallery, Seattle WA
Warren Knapp Gallery, Seattle WA
Art/not Terminal Gallery, Seattle WA
Consortium Gallery/Smith Agency, Seattle WA

Warren Knapp Gallery, Seattle WA