Alejandro Colunga was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, December 11, 1948. A self-taught artist, Colunga creates images that bring to mind popular art traditions in Mexico.
Colunga cites Rufino Tamayo as one of the artists who have influenced him. An admiration for Mexican folk art is evident in his work, as is a familiarity with the art of India and other cultures.
Much of Colunga’s imagery is based on folk stories he heard as a child. He uses the device of exaggerating human anatomy (such as filling the canvas with a single figure whose head is tiny) along with exuberant color to create a sense of “bewitchment.”