We had the good fortune of connecting with Alejandra Nuñez Advent and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alejandra, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1964 to the daughter of a glass artist and a fabulous mother. From very early on I was exposed to art. My very first exposure to art was through my father, who’s career is so extensive it’s hard to circumscribe him in one tendency. Museums and galleries especially on Sundays were a ritual.
At the time both my uncle and aunt were respectively, The Director of Museo de Bellas Artes, and la Sala Mendoza. As you would imagine the chatter growing up was all about artist movements and their art.
Caracas is a valley surrounded by a mountain. The colors, sounds and even the climate to this day still inspire my sensibility – but living up to certain expectations was hard. I did not think I had it in me to be a serious artist so I pursued a career in graphic design, and later interior design.
All the while I explored different forms of expressing myself creatively, these many years of investigation, education and practice led me to create Klübos and I believe I have found my voice.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have painted my entire life. I would not like to encase myself in just one tendency since I like to paint figurative art as well as landscapes. I started working with resin as a way of protecting and enhancing large pieces of contemporary art and also to create depth in between layers of paint and resin. Using wood as my canvas was only going to be two dimensional and I wanted something three dimensional that could be appreciated from every angle as well as holding it in your hands comfortably. When I was born, my Father who was a glass artist created his “sortarios”, which means “luck” in Spanish. He believed that my birth brought him luck. I wanted to create something similar, but working with resin is much different than working with glass. I attempted to treat resin similarly to glass. After many attempts and failures, I came out with a technique where I color manipulate the resin. I cut and shape it and then it is placed in a mold of my making, essentially creating the painting twice. Once it is placed in the mold, I configure how it’s going to look sometimes leaving a negative space so the eye can rest. I believe each Klübo is an individual piece of art. Each face of the Klübo looks different from every angle.
What sets the Klübos apart is that with each one the spectator sees something different. It moves people in different ways, as there is a tactile connection to the art. It molds to the hand and it wants to be touched.
In an age where we spend so much time at home, I have created something that can be enjoyed in multiples or individually. These pieces of art are the perfect jewelry for the coffee table.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Cleveland is a gem of a city – I think of it as a well kept secret. All of Cleveland is encircled by the Cleveland Metroparks which is federal preserved land. Not only are there trails to walk and bike but we also have access to Edgewater park that encompasses 9,000 feet of shoreline, boat ramps, fishing piers and picnic areas. The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality of it’s collection. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame documents the history of rock music. The building itself is a gorgeous design by the architect I.M. Pei. The West Side Market is an indoor market, that was completed in 1912 in the Beaux arts style architecture. It’s a great place to try different ethics foods. You can also catch a game at one of the three major sports arenas depending on the season or visit the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
Additionally, there is the Lake View cemetery which is absolutely beautiful. We also have little Italy with many great places to eat. Lastly, the Heinen’s of downtown Cleveland is a supermarket but shows that Cleveland was once part of the rise to industrial power.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are many people to thank. My son Thomas who has been supportive and enthusiastic from the very beginning. My husband Chris, who’s encouragement and initial investment I could have not done without. My sister Fernanda that always is the first to purchase and advertise. But the one person who has encouraged, mentored and continues to be a source of support is my cousin Maite Blanco Fombona. She pushed me to create an online store and walked me through the process. She is the creator of Aecorebackers photography backdrops.
Alejandra Núñez Advent