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Alejandro De Jesús

Photo of Artist Alejandro DJ was born in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico but grew up in the town of Caguas. As a child he drew and painted all the images he liked: super heroes, faces, cars, monsters and the like. He remembers doing many illustrations at his grade school before every holiday. At the age of ten he met Victor Torres Lizardi, a painter from Caguas who awakened in him, his everlasting love for art.

At sixteen he moved to New York City, where he started observing the masters' work in museums and galleries. Alejandro DJ studied at Famous Artist's Schools in Westport, Connecticut and Art Student's League of New York City.

Back in his home island, he continued studying art on his own with books he purchased through the mail at the same time that he worked in oils and attended college. Alejandro DJ is an honor graduate from the University of Puerto Rico. In 1985 Alejandro founded Alejandro DJ Studio in Caguas, an art school born of a genuine need for a figurative art education with effective communication available to children and adults in Puerto Rico. He dedicated 28 years of his life to teaching basic and advanced drawing and painting principles in the traditional method. In 1987 he received an award for his oil painting The Hat Vendor in a contest in Editorial Sin Nombre at The Art Students League of San Juan. This work and his oil painting titled The Art Lesson were purchased by Caguas Art Museum and are in its permanent collection.

Foto del artista His favorite mediums are pastel, acrylic but mostly oil. He is a natural figurative and portrait artist who likes painting any offbeat subject.

In 1997 he traveled to Europe where he visited over twenty five museums in France, Spain, Italy, Brussels and Holland. During this trip he had the opportunity to closely observe and analyze old masters paintings like Rembrandt, Velazquez, Sorolla, Goya, El Greco, Van Gogh, Caravaggio and Vermeer. This experience opened his eyes to the true fundamentals of oil painting and his duty to teach them. Alejandro is a constant student of painting and for six years he wrote and videotaped these fundamentals for his students. His five video oil painting course titled Oil Painting Fundamentals has been praised and purchased by art students in Argentina, Brazil, California, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Florida, France, Illinois, Indonesia, Los Angeles , Mexico, Norway, New York, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Texas, Uruguay, Venezuela, Virginia and Washington. This course has also been acquired by prestigious art schools in Puerto Rico as a resource for their classes. Alejandro is currently translating these videos to the English language.

Upon The Declaration of the United Nations in 2012 and the Art Exhibition called: AFROLATINOS, Caguas Art Museum invited Alejandro to show his work. AFROLATINOS had the participation of famous artists from Mexico, Peru, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Cuba, Panama, United Kingdom, United States, and Puerto Rico. Alejandro showed his large-format oil painting, Young Basketball Players at this exhibition with great success and interest.

Alejandro DJ stays in touch with his students through Regalos de Arte, a Spanish weekly newsletter, free distribution on the Internet every Saturday, which includes essays, opinions, reviews, and articles about art.

His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, including places like Cruz Azul de Puerto Rico, Caguas Art Museum, Capitolio de Puerto Rico, Galería Lyzette, Galería del Turabo, Galería Lucas Casillas, Galería Internacional, Café Teatro Félix Caballero, Chesebrough-Pond's, Cearte, Centro de Bellas Artes in Guaynabo, Museo y Casa Rectoría Universidad del Turabo, Centro Cultural Cayrabón in San Lorenzo, Antigua Casa Alcaldía in Gurabo, Museo Fuerte Conde de Mirasol in Vieques, Centro de Bellas Artes Adolfo Porrata Doria in Guayama, Liga de Estudiantes de Arte de San Juan, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Caguas Coop, Museo Histórico de Caguas, Museo de Arte in Humacao, Pabellón de las Artes in Caguas, Casa del Ajedrez in Caguas and Maji Lina Gallery & Art Center, in Río Grande. Alejandro has also exhibited at Danbury City Hall, Executive Artworks Gallery and Gallery, Inc. in Connecticut.

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