I works across a number of styles and mediums, including drawing, painting, photography, collage and large wall works. My practice is characterized by a willingness to try new approaches in the ongoing investigation into new materials and visual languages. As well my painting practice emphasizes the importance of failure as a way of moving forward, and challenging established structures. I use the space and exploration the work provides to visualize the invisible nature of the human experience.
Stella Alesi has resided in Austin, Texas for the last 29 years. Her work is included in both private and corporate collections. Alesi is currently working towards a one person exhibit in March 2022 in Fort Worth, TX at Artspace111. Her most recent past solo exhibit took place in the summer of 2019 at The Commerce gallery in Lockhart, TX. As well, the large scale art piece , "simplify" was installed in August 2019 in the lobby of The Foundry in Austin, TX. Currently a full time painter, Stella taught photography at the Austin Community College and ran a successful photography business for over 15 years.
In 2005 she was awarded a Brown Foundation Full Fellowship to attend a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She and her husband, Leon, founded the in-house gallery BLACKBOX in January of 2012 , and have curated and produced 12 exhibitions of emerging Austin artists. In addition they exhibit and promote their own work during Austin's open studio tours.
Born on Long Island, New York in 1963, she was raised in New Jersey. She began her undergraduate work at Parsons School of Design in New York City, with stints in Paris and Los Angeles, and finished at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Her graduate work was completed at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.