alex gabriel mckanze
Location: Brooklyn Heights/United States
Conceptual, Design, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking
I was born in Strassbourg in Alsace France but I only lived there for three or four years. I mostly lived in Paris where I graduated with a Baccalaureate STI general Arts. I would say that's were I was raised although I also lived in Frankfurt for four year and manage to learn to speak German by the age of eight. Before that I could only speak French, Italian and English. I also eventually learned to speak Spanish. I obviously learned French and German by living in these two countries. Italian I learned thanks to my mother which is Italian. I would go visit my grand parents and my aunt in Milan and Como. My aunt is actually an Art teacher in the NABA of Milan (New Academy of Beautiful Arts) and she would always teach me how to use paint and give me assignments which would develope my creativity. I learned English simply because my father is American from Chicago but he lives in London currently and I visit him for a few months each year. Finally Spanish I learned by studying Spanish and Latin and beeing in a relationship with a Peruvian girl I additionally visited the country for two months.
At 18 years old I left Paris without knowing a single soul in New York City to settle over there. Instantiniously I became a tour guide thanks to the languages. I manage to make 1000$ a week plus tips. However my paintings and my music weren't moving along. So I quite it all. I had 760$ suits, 960$ guitar and I discovered that I felt reassured to have all this money but I wasn't happy. I wasn't proud. I didn't feel what I can feel now.
Now... I work in Art production studio and it pays very little. I have exposed my work to a few Art galleries but I am still in the starving Artist category I would say. I don't even know if I am an Artisit, such decision shouldn't come from me. Who am I to juge. I paint not for the title but the feeling. I don't want to be a painter but an Artisit, I don't want to be a rockstar but a Musician, I don't want to end up with my own company but my own Empire. An empire of peace, paint, music and everything to feed my heart which gives me life. I often say:"What determine a man are his actions". I leave now to you to see and juge my actions, what I do, who I am, my legacy.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do every day, every hour, minute, second and moment of my life.
Alex Gabriel McKanze