Born in Lawton, Oklahoma, USA
B.F.A. in 2006 from Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma, USA
M.F.A, 2009, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Alex Peña, an enrolled member of the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma, explores a working definition of aesthetic worth in his art. He allows many factors to influence his assessment of aesthetics, including cultural inspiration/knowledge, interpersonal relationships, and/or the idea of beauty. He relies heavily upon the process and physicality of creating art to dictate, refine, or enhance his statement of aesthetic worth. Peña’s work is suggestive of place and emotion. In his work, Mr. Peña uses the literality and simplicity of a line created by the use of a straight-edge as well as exploring the variety of line that can be created by using a different color, width, repetition, or direction of line.
Peña’s work has been exhibited nationally and he has participated in group shows in the USA and Europe. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.