Alex Schnarr graduated Ringling College of Art and Design in 2008 with a Bachelors degree in Fine Art and a Major in Illustration. Alex, inspired by artists such as Ryan Church and Jean-Leon Gerome as well as many others, enjoys investigating the dynamics of figures and landscape design, including the manipulation of their effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what figures and landscapes mean to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.
Alex paintings establish a link between the landscape’s reality and a figure’s reality and that which is imagined by its conceiver. With a conceptual approach, he tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations. His works are based on a surreal platform which draw the viewer in with vibrant color and unique perspective. His paintings often explore the relationship between reality and the fantastical unknown. Alex works directly respond to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. Alex Schnarr currently lives and works in Savannah GA.