If you attend any of the Bunnyman Bridge Collective-curated shows at Epicure Cafe, or at Olly-Olly Gallery in Fairfax, you will most certainly see Javier Padilla who is often accompanied by his son, Alejandro. I have seen Alejandro on the sidelines sometimes with a sketchpad, drawing contentedly with an art exhibit whirlwind as a backdrop. The Fairfax art crowd in this group are sensational in talent and creativity. Javier Padilla is a leader among them, and his son is joining the tradition.
Arlington Art Examiner got a note from Javier describing his son’s recent accomplishments as he is about to graduate from high school with the intention to attend art school at George Mason University. That will surely make a proud father even more so.
“Alejandro Padilla is a Puerto Rican descendant young artist attending TC Williams High School in Alexandria Virginia.
Alejandro has always been sketching since he was a little kid…on every surface…including his bedroom door when he was 5 or 6 years old. Although he has taken some basic cartooning classes at the Alexandria Art League school, he has been developing his own style during all these years.
Being influenced by the imagery in the Japanese Anime and all the gamma of video games as many in his generation, it is not a surprise to see in his art a reflection of this imaginary world. Alejandro enjoys working on the creation of fictional human-like characters, robot/machines, and chimera like animals. He is member of the Manga club at TC Williams where he shares ideas and inspiration with students with similar artistic views.
Recently Alejandro showed two of his art pieces at Del Ray Artisans Art Gallery for the 18th Annual Student Art Exhibition where he got a “Curator’s Choice Award” with his piece “Flesh eating bacteria”.
Alejandro is the youngest artist to show at one of the Bunnyman Bridge Collective’s shows “Pandemic” at Epicure Cafe.”
Javier Padilla describing his son.
See the slideshow.
One can hope that Alejandro will evolve to embrace some of the culture and style from Puerto Rico that is represented strongly in his father’s work. Preserving elements of cultural depth and diversity adds distinction and uniqueness to an artist’s style and work.
See Alejandro’s and Javier’s work at Epicure Cafe.
By the way:
“Being an Animator in Japan Is Brutal
Animator Henry Thurlow hails from New York. Now, he’s in Tokyo, working as an animator for Studio Pierrot. Sounds like something you might want to do, no? Before you make the plunge for yourself, read this.
After sending off his resume and getting rejection after rejection for several years, he finally got hired by a smaller studio, which he then parlayed into a gig at Studio Pierrot.
Thurlow has worked on Akatsuki no Yona, Tokyo Ghoul, and The Last-Naruto—all three are impressive titles many animators would love to have on their resumes. Surely, he must be living the dream! Artistically, yes, he is.”
The proper nomenclature for Alejandro is: Alexander Lynch (Alejandro Padilla) Atomic Blowfish Studios.
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