Title: Alex Donis Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1968 - 2007
Collection number: 108
Creator: Donis, Alex
14 linear Feet
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: Paintings, sketches, videos, papers and
photographs relating to the career of the Santa Monica based artist,
Alex Donis. Researchers who would like to indicate errors of fact or
omissions in this finding aid can contact the research center at
Physical location: CSRC Room 144
Language of Material: Collection materials in English
Collection is open for research. To view the collection or any part
of it, you must fill out our Archival Research Application.
[Identification of item], Alex Donis Collection, 108, Chicano Studies
Research Center, UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles.
This collection was donated by Alex Donis to the UCLA Chicano Studies
Research Center Library Archive. Deed on file at the archive office.
Alex Donis is a Los Angeles-based visual artist whose work examines
and redefines the boundaries set within religion, politics, race, and
sexuality. Interested in toppling societies' relationship to icons, his
work is often influenced by a tri-cultural (Pop, Latin & Queer)
experience. He has worked extensively in a variety of media including
painting, installation, video, and works on paper. He was born in 1964
in Chicago, IL and was educated at a Catholic school in East Los
Angeles, an east-coast prep school in Massachusetts, and a military
academy on the southern coast of Guatemala. He received his
undergraduate degree at California State University, Long Beach and his
graduate degree from Otis College of Art & Design. Donis has
exhibited his work at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art & Culture; the
Santa Monica Museum of Art; the Geffen Contemporary (MoCA); the Laguna
Museum of Art, Laguna Beach; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
(LACE); the Mexican Museum, San Francisco; Randolph Street Gallery,
Chicago; Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco; Pretoria Arts Museum, South
Africa; and Artspace, Sydney Australia. His work was recently included
in the landmark exhibition "Made in California: Art, Image, &
Identity 1900-2000" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His work
has been featured in FlashArt International, Artweek, the Los Angeles
Times, La Opinion, the Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and
the Sydney Morning Herald. His work will be part of the three volume
anthology "Chicano/Chicana Art in the United States" published by the
Bilingual Press of the University of Arizona, Phoenix. Alex has also
been awarded residencies at the University of Texas, Austin; the
Brandywine Institute, Philadelphia; and Artspace, Sydney, Australia.
Donis has taught drawing and painting at the Watts Towers Arts Center,
the J. Paul Getty Museum, and Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences.
He is currently an artist in residence at the 18th Street Arts Complex
in Santa Monica.
About Alex: His parents Francisco and Ana Maria Donis were both from
Guatemala and immigrated to Chicago Illinois, where Alex was born in the
late 1950s. They moved their family to Los Angeles in 1967 where his
mother mom worked as a nurse for LA County and his father had a
restaurant services company. They retires to travel and consider
themselves "somewhat" socialistic in their worldviews.
The Gronk Papers
The CARA Chicano Arts: Resistance and Affirmation Papers
Self Help Graphics Research Papers
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Southern California, Santa Monica