Finding Balance in Shape and Colour
04.05.20 Words by Hannah Valentine

Finding Balance in Shape and Colour

Alejandra García y Gutiérrez creates beautifully vibrant geometric artworks inspired by the harmony of the environment, contrasting shape and colour to find the perfect balance.
04.05.20 Words by Hannah Valentine

For Mexican artist Alejandra García y Gutiérrez, the creative process is all about finding balance. Her artworks – paintings, murals, sculptures and photography – feature geometric shapes and bold colours, through which she creates her distinctive compositions.“ My style is about creating a sense of balance,” she tells us. “I am totally convinced that colour is the most important thing in my work. The contrast of bright and opaque colours come together to create a sense of harmony.”

Alejandra also achieves this through the way she plays with shape and form, combining sweeping curves and sharp edges to create artworks made up of shapes which almost seem to communicate with each other. “Sharp corners and edges point one shape to another, and bring a sequence of relationships of objects and geometric shapes which together inhabit a given space,” she explains.

Alejandra’s various collaborations have allowed her to embrace this experimentation with space and shape. Whether designing bold T-shirt designs with UK fashion brand Everpress, fabric prints with Mexico’s Allypat.com, ceramic statues during her residency through R.A.R.O in Madrid, or vast murals for Motion Boulder climbing wall in Guadalajara, her careful balance of shape and hue always shines through.

Born and raised in Guadalajara in western Mexico, Alejandra studied Environmental Engineering at university, turning to drawing when her doctor recommended occupational therapy after an operation on her hand. Her environmental interests remained apparent though, “My first drawings came out of my approach to the environment,” she explains. “I had a passion for what I saw through the microscope in biology classes and plants. Playing with organic shapes will always be a huge part of my geometric illustrations.” “People are also a great inspiration,” says Alejandra. “I remember reading an investigation into human tears seen through a microscope. They were a paradise of geometry. It makes me think that everything that chemically forms us is made up of geometric shapes.”

It is Alejandra’s appreciation of the balance of small things, built up into the vast, that leads to her love of the environment and the artworks it inspires her to make. “Places are made up of people, weather, food, music and spaces,” she says. “If I were to choose a muse for my art, I would not choose a person, I would choose a place.”

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