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My work is fabricated primarily from wood, plaster, concrete, steel, and paint and is formed into ambiguous, free-formed shapes and designs that are drawn from hills, mountains, highways, buildings, clouds, swimming pools, etc. I use these as a modular, sometimes overlapping cast of characters, similar to their actual counterparts. Each piece is an encapsulated event that moves to imply aesthetic relationships between man-made, industrial structures and the California landscape that absorbs them.


Alexander Cheves
4301 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Oakland, California 94609

1996 Master of Fine Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1993 Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts, California State University, Stanislaus, Cum Laude

Solo Exhibitions
Rowan Morrison Gallery, Oakland, CA

Careful Skies, The Sun and Some, Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia PA

Not A Cloud In The Sky, 31 Rausch, San Francisco, CA

Shipwrecks and Other Good Stuff Out Back, Ardency Gallery, Oakland, CA

Farms, Barns and the Ranch House, Project Room, Philadelphia, PA

Farms, Barns, and the Ranch House, Carnegie Art Center, Turlock, CA
Sponsored by the Turlock Arts Commission and the California State University Stanislaus Alumni Association

Selected Exhibitions
Exposed!, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT

The Beast in Me, Accident Gallery, Eureka, CA

On CDOs and Double Clubs, AUGUST art, London UK

Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

Winter Salon, Gallery Arcane, San Francisco, CA

Green Grass and High Tides, 31 Rausch, San Francisco, CA

thought of you as my mountaintop, Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA

The Beast in Me, Ping Pong Gallery, San Francisco, CA

The Big Show 3, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

Four Handed Lift, HIV Law Project Benefit Art Auction, Moti Hasson Gallery, NY, NY

Cerulean Arts' 2nd Anniversary Exhibition, Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Country Side, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

Close Calls, Headlands Center for the Arts, Fort Barry, Sausalito CA

Gentle On My Mind, R3 Gallery, San Diego, CA

This House Is Not Home, Blankspace, Oakland, CA

A Time and a Place, SPACE Gallery, Portland, ME

Home, Gallery 3175, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

SCOPE Miami, Wynwood Art District, Miami, FL

Root Division 6th Annual Art Auction, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

Ten year reunion show, Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Dress like a bum act like a loser, 31 Rausch, San Francisco, CA

Friends of The Gallery of Urban Art, Stage Gallery Annex at the G.U.A., Oakland, CA

draw_drawing_2 (London Biennale 2006), The Foundry Gallery, Shoreditch, London, England

Recent Work, Red Window Galleries, Emeryville, CA

Lost Out West, 19th and Union Gallery, Oakland, CA

Artifactual Fictions, The Gallery of Urban Art, Emeryville, CA

Introductions, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA

Five Ways to See, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Ardency Gallery 1st year anniversary show, Ardency Gallery, Oakland, CA

Works from the Wash House, Ardency Gallery, Oakland, CA

Narrative Sculpture, White Box Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Osvaldo Romberg, Artist, New York, NY

Backyard Sculpture Invitational, Philadelphia, PA

Alexander Cheves and Sarah Steinwachs/Recent Works and New Paintings
The City of Philadelphia's Office of Art and Culture
Curators: Dean Daderko, Program Director, Art in City Hall and Nancy Lewis, Coordinator, Public Art Program

Works on Paper, 5th Biennal Exhibition: Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA
Curator: Jay Fisher, Curator of Graphic Arts, Baltimore Museum of Art

Works on Paper; Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, New Jersey
Juror: John Ollman, Director of Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

XV Group Show, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

M.F.A. Thesis Exhibitions; The Museum of American Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Color Now; Main Line Center, Haverford, PA
Juror: Patrick Murphy, Director, Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

2UP; Philadelphia Art Alliance
Jurors: Michelle Stuart, Artist
Barbara Bratone, Director, La Napoule Foundation

The Importance of Regionalism, Group Show, Modesto Junior College, Modesto, CA

Apathy; Four Valley Artists; Turlock, CA

Art in a Vacuum; Group Show, Modesto, CA

CCAL 40th Annual Spring Show; Gallo Winery, Modesto, CA
Juror: Phillip Linhares, Chief Curator, The Oakland Museum

Reviews and Publications
"The Big Show 3" returns bigger and Better, Joan Baum,, June 2008

"New, Temporary, Terrific", Jennifer Landis, The East Hampton Star, August 2008

"The Beast In Me", Isaac Amala, Flavorpill, June 2008

"The Beast In Me", Jessica Whiteside,, June 2008

"In the Wilderness at Marders", Jennifer Landes, The Easthampton Star, October 2007

"Close Calls: 2007 at Headlands Center for the Arts", Mark Van Proyen, Artweek, March 2007

"Countryside At Silas Marder Springs into Fall", Joan Baum,, October 2007

"Oakland's Emerging Art Scene", Reyhan Harmanci, San Francisco Cronicle, May 27, 2007

"This House Is Not A home", Anuradha Vikram, Shotgun Review, May 17, 2007

"A Green Approach", Dwell, December 2006

"Threesome at Anglim," Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, July 2004

"Alexander Cheves at Ardency Gallery," Lindsey Westbrook, Artweek, May 2003

"Critic's Choice: Works from the Wash House," Lindsey Westbrook, San Francisco Bay Guardian, December 5, 2001

"Landscape Sculptures Now on Display at Carnegie Arts Center," Aaron Swarts, The Turlock Journal, June 29, 2000

"No Story Here," Gerard Brown, Philadelphia Weekly, December 10, 1997

"Backyard Sculpture Invitational," Gerard Brown, Eye Level, September 1997

"Yard Art Better Than Flamingos and Gnomes," Gerard Brown, Philadelphia Weekly, August 13, 1997

"Yard Art," Jennifer Darer, Philadelphia City Paper, August 8, 1997

"Art Center Features 'Works on Paper,'" Victoria Donahue, The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 27, 1997