Aleksander Balos is a Polish artist and figurative painter, who lives in the United States and is a naturalised American.
Aleksander Balos was born in 1970 in the town of Gliwice, Poland. His parents, Jan and Janina, were artists, who encouraged him to study art in Gliwice Art Center, while he was still in elementary school. He did his first painting lessons with his father’s oil paints. In 1989 he went to the United States to attend St Joseph High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin. There he met with an artist, Mrs Gaggliardi, who encouraged him to attend an art school. Balos studied oil painting under painter and philosopher, Garry Rosin, whose influence of surreal representation left a lasting influence.
After completing BFA in painting with honors from Cardinal Stritch University, and having his first museum show at The Charles Allis Art Museum in 1995, Balos traveled to Chicago, where he attended the School of Representational Art for 2 years. In Chicago, Balos became an American citizen. He moved away from surrealism to representational realism. In 1998, he exhibited his triptych Last Supper at Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago. He continues to be represented by this gallery in Chicago, Atlanta, New York and Palm Beach. In 2004 he made contact with Arts Nord Sud, who represent him in Paris, France, and the following year Mr. Balos started exhibiting in Netherlands in Utrecht Gallery, and Gallery Calve in Spain.
struggles, and their effects on us and our environments.
I am particularly interested in portraying the dualities present in all human experience. There are no absolutes in life. Rather, each experience is comprised of conflicting opposites. Each individual additionally has her/his own unique experiences. Therefore my paintings are ambiguous and not necessarily resolvable, offering an opportunity for reflection and interpretation by each viewer. The figurative paintings merely reflect a subjective understanding of the human condition, and my desires to explore that further. I attempt not to impose my own interpretations, but rather share with the viewer what it is that I am currently exploring in my art.
I find human figures to be best suited for the task of portraying and narrating my compositions. The viewer may best relate to the simple human form, and this can ease efforts to understand the depth and complexity of the situation painted, and attempts to interact with it. My hope is that the viewer s own subjective interaction with the painted canvas will bear some meaning in itself. "