Alex Achaval (USA)

International Artist

Alex Achaval (USA)

International Artist

Seattle based artist, Alex Achaval is a self taught artist who describes his work as contemporary portraiture. His unique approach to his portraits separates his work from the traditional portraiture artists by including three dimensional recycled or used objects.  In this body of work, Achaval adds paint brushes to represent the obstacles we have to overcome in life. You have to either paint over it like it was never there or embrace it.



Alex Achaval is a self-taught artist focusing on painting contemporary portraiture and mixed media. Achaval has been creating artworks since he was a child but became passionate about oil painting when he was 20 years old. He is currently living and working in Seattle, WA where you can find him painting in his gallery/open studio “Artificial Gallery” at Pike Place Market.

He has participated in more than 30 group or solo exhibitions in Miami, Los Angeles and the Seattle and Washington area. His recent and most recognizable work is a mix of oil and acrylic portraiture combining ordinary objects into the piece itself.


“My work can be described in many different categories but I would simply define it as contemporary portraiture. I look and find inspiration in everyday life and I’m constantly searching for new things to incorporate into my work. I came up with the idea of adding objects into my work when I saw a truck that had been painted over to blend in with the wall behind it in front of an old business. These objects are represented as the obstacles in life that you have to overcome. You have to embrace the challenges you face and paint over them! I try to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, work that challenges me and work that has many meanings. I like to incite the viewer to make new personal associations. I believe that is what art is all about. Your own associations. “I simply love to paint and create something that will live forever, and that something is usually pretty bizarre.”


2018 Altered Panorama, Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Solo show, Pioneer Square Saloon Gallery, Seattle, WA
2018 Greyscale Wonderland 3, bG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2017 Wishlist, Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Crate Digger 2, Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2017 On The Record, KEXP Gathering Space, Seattle, WA
2017 99 Bottles, True Love Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
2016 19 Karen Gallery, 19 Karen Avenue, Gold Coast, QLD AUSTRALIA
2016 Pike Place Market, Artificial Gallery, Seattle, WA
2016 Bring us your Dead Group Show, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2016 Group Exhibition, 55 Bell Gallery, Seattle, WA
2016 Recycle Art Show, Blowing Sands Gallery, Seattle, WA
2016 Group Exhibition, Bemis Art Show, Seattle, WA
2016 Annual Miniature Show, Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, WA
2016 The Gypsy and James, Rosylyn, WA
2015 Pike Place Market, Artificial Gallery, Seattle, WA
2015 Group Exhibition, Local Color, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Surface Theory, Seattle, WA
2015 Couch Ballard, Seattle, WA
2015 Coastal Kitchen, Seattle, WA
2015 Civic City Center, Shelton, WA
2015 Brooke Westlund Gallery, Seattle, WA
2015 West Elm, Seattle, WA
2015 Flying Apron Cafe, Redmond, WA
2015 Island Port Gallery, Friday Harbor, WA
2015 Fuel Coffee, Willingford, Seattle, WA
2015 Victrola Coffee, 15th Ave, Seattle, WA
2015 Victrola Coffee, Pike St, Seattle, WA
2015 Flying Apron, Fremont, WA
2015 Urban Light Studios, Gallery Solo Show, Seattle, WA
2014 Geddis Gallery, Seattle, WA
2014 Oohla’s Salon and Gallery, Seattle, WA
2014 RAW artists ‘Panorama’, Nuemos, Seattle, WA
2014 RAW artists ‘Allure’, Los Lobos, Los Angeles, CA
2014 RAW artists ‘Awakening’, Showbox Market, Seattle, WA
2014 The Mix, Solo exhibition, Seattle, WA
2014 Coastal Kitchen, Seattle, WA
2014 Essential Baking Company, Seattle, WA
2014 Brooke Westlund Gallery, Pike Place, Seattle, WA
2013 Pintxo Pirate Show, Seattle, WA
2013 Pintxo Solo exhibition, Seattle, WA
2013 Coastal Kitchen Group Exhibition, Seattle, WA
2013 Pancakes and Booze Art Show, @EICorazon, Seattle, WA
2013 ‘Tattoo’, Group Exhibition, Lebanon, OR
2013 Gaylyn’s Salon, Ellensburg, WA
2013 Speck Gallery, Seattle, WA
2013 Pioneer Square Saloon, Seattle, WA
2013 OK gallery, Seattle, WA
2012 Old Rainier Brewery, Seattle, WA
2012 Speck Gallery, Seattle, WA
2012 Warren Knapp Gallery, Seattle, WA
2012 U.S. Bank, Seattle, WA
2012 Sugarcomb Hair Salon, Seattle, WA
2012 Emerald City Orchids, Seattle, WA
2012 Art/not Terminal Gallery, Seattle, WA
2012 Consortium Gallery/Smith Agency, Seattle, WA
2012 All City Coffee, Seattle, WA
2011 Gypsy Cafe and Pub, Seattle, WA
2011 Pintxo, Seattle, WA
2011 Warren Knapp Gallery, Seattle, WA


2017 March Edition, Create! Magazine
2017 Street Cred Project, Avenue Media
2016 August Edition, Fresh Paint Magazine
2016 High Fructose, Contemporary Art Magazine


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