Alexis Pye explores the tradition of painting as a way to express the Black body outside of its social constructs, to evoke playfulness, wonder and blackness, as well as the joys amidst adversity. A graduate of University of Houston’s BFA program in 2019. She was selected as a Summer Studios Resident in 2018 and for Round 51: Local Impact II at Project Row Houses in 2019. Her work was exhibited in a group show of young artists at the David Shelton Gallery for Everything’s Gonna be Alright in 2019, curated by Robert Hodge. Pye received the Juror’s Choice Prize for the 20th Annual Citywide African American Artists Exhibition held at Texas Southern University in 2019, selected by Kanitra Fletcher. She was included in the group show Animal Crossing at Inman Gallery in 2020, and presented her first solo show, The Real and the Fantastic /The Irrational Joys of the Axis, at Inman Gallery in July 2021. Her work was included in the group exhibition titled My Mirror Is Fine at the Community Artists Collective, Houston in 2021, curated by Miles Payne. Honor Thy Self at Martha’s Contemporary in Austin in 2021. Her work was also in the MFAH staff art show at the Museum Fine Arts, Houston in 2021 and she has collaborated with the Houston Rockets x CAMH at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in 2022.
Featured Image: Flower Boy (2021), oil, oil pastel, oil stick, and acrylic yarn on canvas, 30 × 30 × 1 1⁄2 inches. Image courtesy of Alexis Pye.