Alejandro De Jesús|
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 started 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
Salesman” in a contest in Editorial Sin Nombre at The Art Students League of San Juan. This work and another of his oil paintings titled “The Class” were acquired by the Museum of Art in Caguas
as part of its permanent collection.
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.
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, Museo de Arte de Caguas, 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.