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Alex Xerri (b. 1993) is a painter and sculptor currently based in Sydney, Australia. Palaeontology and Documentary are the crux of their painting practice. Xerri explores prehistoric life, and the notion of documentary as a tool and a viewpoint, as well as documenting documentaries themselves in their various formats. Xerri is heavily inspired by the work of David Attenborough, National Geographic Magazine, and the 1990s reptilian dinosaurs found in BBC’s Walking With Dinosaurs, as well as Godzilla and Jurassic Park.  

 

Xerri’s studio practice also draws upon a nostalgia for lo-fi retro technology; a love of the classic DeLorean, the boxy sedans from Seinfeld, and drawing upon early experiences of making MacPaint nature paintings on their family's beige Macintosh II, as well as navigating strange, vibrant, polygonal worlds found in PlayStation 1 gaming. Xerri explores these pre-millenia aesthetic sensibilities further by drawing upon the vibrant colours found in the early wobbly, scenic cel animation of The Simpsons.

Xerri makes robust textured paintings with acrylic and stone on canvas, and has expanded into building soft sculptures and wooden sculptures painted with vibrant colours and robust textures.

Alex Xerri has graduated from National Art School (Sydney) with a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Masters of Fine Art, both majoring in painting. 

 

Xerri has exhibited in various shows in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. Xerri has also exhibited internationally in Nottingham, England; as well as various group shows in Seattle, Santa Fe and New York City in the United States of America.

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