Alex Chavez is a fine artist who explores themes of mortality through portraiture. His figures, painted in oil on canvas and wood, are an extension of his Mexican heritage and Central America’s Day of the Dead festivities; they appear skeletal and pale, yet somehow flushed and vibrant. Through bravado brushwork and assertive color palettes, he animates his subjects and keeps them firmly rooted in the realm of the living, asking viewers to hold life and death in the same hand. Through his work, he seeks to remind viewers of the inherent ephemerality of life, and of its beauty as well — that while death is always around the corner, life is something to be celebrated. He was born in Los Angeles, California and graduated from the College of Fine Arts, California State College Fullerton. He began his artistic practice working with water colors and acrylics. His medium changed to oils when he moved to New Mexico, where his mother was born.