Alexis Peskine was born in Paris, France, in 1979. He is a 2004 Fulbright Scholar who holds a B.F.A. from Howard University an M.A. and M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Peskine’s use of graphic and commercial images in fine art is informed by his early start in graphic design. At age 15, he was the youngest student to enter the Apprentice Center of Formation for the Graphic Art in Paris; he subsequently worked for Crayures as an industrial designer for clients such as Roland Garros, Malterre and Fly. He also served a stint as Creative Director for Burrell Communications in Chicago. Peskine bridges the gap between graphic design and fine art by using the same design aesthetic to appeal to the masses, as his work often touches on the ideology of consumerism and mass consumption.  As a junior at Howard University in 2002, Peskine was the first winner of the Verizon HBCU Student Art Competition; the following year, he won second place in the same competition. His work has attracted the attention of Chrissie Iles of the Whitney Museum and Yukie Kamaya of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. Burrell Communications’ Chairman Emeritus Tom Burrell and musicians Donald Byrd, Talib Kweli and Common all own Peskine’s work.
Drawing inspiration from his paternal grandfather who survived a German concentration camp, to his maternal grandfather who lived in the favelas of Salvador, Bahia, to the loving marriage of his own Franco-Russian father and Afro-Brazilian mother, Peskine challenges his audience with provocative, cynical and sometimes earnest takes on serious subjects. Much of his work also celebrates family, friends and the beauty and humor of solitary inanimate objects.

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“Doudou”, 2015
Aljana Moon Series
60″ x 38″
ink print on 335 fine art pearl Hahnemüle 285g
edition 1/5

 

“Diskettes 1 “, 2012
16″ x 20″
inkjet on archival photo paper
ed. of 5

 

Alexis Peskine
“Lessoned”
36″ x 24″
Nails, red gold leaf, lacquer paint and archival varnish on lumber core wood
2008

Alexis Peskine
“BIM!”
81″ x 78″
Nails, gold leaf, lacquer paint and archival varnish on lumber core wood
2009

 

 

Alexis Peskine
“BIM!” Detail
81″ x 78″
Nails, gold leaf, lacquer paint and archvial varnish on lumber core wood
2009

Alexis Peskine
“Identité-Internationale”
46″ x 70″
Nails, gold leaf, lacquer paint and archival varnish on lumber core wood
2011

Alexis Peskine
“Identité-Internationale” Detail
46″ x 70″
Nails, gold leaf, lacquer paint and archival varnish on lumber core wood
2011

 

 

Alexis Peskine
” ‘Aunted”
36″ x 24″
Nails, gold leaf, lacquer paint and archival varnish on lumber core wood
2007

 

 

Alexis Peskine
“Bambouland”
30″ x 24″
Nails, lacquer paint and archival varnish on lumber core wood
2011