I was born and raised in Lima Peru, I have a degree in architecture and I’ve worked in that field for several years. At the age of 23 I was diagnosed with RA. When I was 30 years old I moved to Switzerland, where I currently live and work. 

As an artist I start working intuitively, it might start with a concern or an emotional restlessness, usually it is not a concrete question.
My work is informed by how my life's experiences affect me and by my questions about existentialism on the nature of the self. I am interested in how circumstances and external factors affect and shape one's self. And also the mutual influence of the elements in the formation of the whole.
I work in series. Each of them has its own way of development.
In my drawing practice, when I begin a series I work rather fast, being very prolific and don’t dedicate much time in thinking while drawing, letting things emerge without the judgment of the eye or mind. It is about what I am processing at the moment and I don't want to lose the ‘momentum’, it has to remain as pure as possible, without the interference of rationalisation. Only when the concept is laid down, I’d continue with more calm, allowing more time to each drawing and having a dialogue with it during the composition. What is important to me in every stage of the drawing process is letting the drawing form itself as it happens and preserve authenticy. I draw mainly with oil pastels, pencil, gouache and acrylics. Each media corresponds to a sensation, soft, bold, hard, liquid, dense. The marks are gestures, manifestations of emotions. The amount of sittings I dedicate to a series is never the same, once the exhaustion point or realisation arrives, then it’s done. 


CV

BIO
Swiss Peruvian Visual Artist Alejandra Jean-Mairet (*1978) was born and raised in Lima-PE, she currently lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland.

After completing her studies in architecture (Universidad Ricardo Palma, Lima PE, 2000) she began exploring the applied arts and worked as an architect until 2009 year she moved to Switzerland where she graduated from the MA in Fine Arts Program from the Zurich University of the Arts (2014).

During her firsts years in Europe she participated in various multidisciplinary cultural projects in Switzerland, Germany and France. Over the past few years besides her studio practice she dedicates time to guiding and mentoring creative processes and leading workshops of drawing and painting with an experimental approach.

In 2019 she was invited to exhibit her body of work "The Right Hand" at the Helmhaus Zürich (Museum of contemporary art), showing the healing process she went through after her hand surgeries and the role of art during this experience. She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at an early age when she was 23 years old.

The work of Alejandra Jean-Mairet features in private collections in Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Switzerland, Germany, France, Australia and the US.
contact:
alejandrajeanmairet (at) gmail.com









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