Alex Beccera, Karma International Zurich

Alex Becerra paints female bodies, cartoon figures, car rims and high-heels. Karma International shows his first solo exhibition in Switzerland titled Some Drawings and Paintings Pt. 1.

The Mexican-American painter, born 1989 in Piru, California, is best known for his humorous-rude figurative oil-paintings. In his signature works, thick paint is applied with large brushstrokes forming everyday objects, naked women in compromising positions or self-portraits. His show at Karma International contains both paintings that originated in California and others that were inspired by and done onsite in Zurich. SwissPortrait features the artist (holding a paint palette for easy identification) being handed a Appenzeller beer and a pile of Swiss fish-shaped tuna sandwiches. The combination of a Californian artist in a Swiss gallery is somehow very refreshing. 

Karma International was founded in 2008 by Karolina Dankow and Marina Olsen, in 2015 they opened a second space in Los Angeles. They represent artists like Pamela Rosenkranz, Ida Ekblad and Vivian Suter. Recently, the gallery moved its Zurich location to the vibrant neighbourhood Kreis 3. The new location, the ground floor of a corporate building, boosts five metres high ceilings, which is rather unusual for Zurich. The space has been re-done by Caruso St John Architects, who designed several museums and gallery spaces, including Tate Britain and Newport Street Gallery.

Karma International
Through 19 May 2018

karmainternational.org

Alex Beccera, Some Drawings and Paintings Pt. 1, Installation view, Karma International Zürich, Photo: Flavio Karrer

Alex Beccera, Some Drawings and Paintings Pt. 1, Installation view, Karma International Zürich, Photo: Flavio Karrer

Alex Beccera, Some Drawings and Paintings Pt. 1, Installation view, Karma International Zürich, Photo: Flavio Karrer

Alex Beccera, Some Drawings and Paintings Pt. 1, Installation view, Karma International Zürich, Photo: Flavio Karrer

Alex Becerra, Swiss Portrait, 2018, courtesy: Karma International, photo: Flavio Karrer

Alex Becerra, Swiss Portrait, 2018, Karma International Zurich, Photo: Flavio Karrer

Alex Becerra, Untitled, 2018, courtesy: Karma International, photo: Flavio Karrer

Alex Becerra, Untitled, 2018, Karma International Zurich, Photo: Flavio Karrer

Alex Becerra, Park Haus with Cars enter Girl, Genau, 2018, courtesy: Karma International, photo: Flavio Karrer

Alex Becerra, Park Haus with Cars enter Girl, Genau, 2018, Karma International Zurich, Photo: Flavio Karrer