Alex Chiou is a May 2011 graduate from the University of Virginia, where she double majored in Commerce and Studio Art with a concentration in painting. In her most recent work, she aims to explore the complex parallels between geography, the natural world, and the human body. She first became interested in portraying the landscape in its untouched, primal state after observing many natural and manmade forms during her travels in Southeast Asia. Likewise, she has always been interested in organic forms, and desired to understand the common threads of life from a philosophical and scientific perspective. She is able to integrate these themes by exploring the parallels between the natural world and our inner selves. In her work, she utilizes forms, shapes and colors synonymous with nature, anatomy, and the cosmos, symbolizing the common origin of all life forms. Alex's paintings are abstract and organic, earthly but also imagined, reflecting her endeavor to portray, explore and celebrate the inception of life as we know it.
She has displayed her work at a number of galleries in Charlottesville, VA and Richmond, VA. Most recently, she displayed her work at Artomatic 2012 in Crystal City, and at Northside Social Coffee & Wine and Twisted Vines, both in Arlington, VA. Alex has an upcoming solo exhibition at Art Works in the Jane Sandelin Gallery in Richmond, Virginia in June of 2013.