Alexandre Pépin

Alexandre Pépin


Alexandre Pépin’s textured compositions draw from the legacies of Byzantine and Early Renaissance frescoes, Post-Impressionism, Tonalism, among others, to portray moments of Queer intimacy and spiritual contemplation. His work brings together imaginary figures and landscapes, juxtaposing art historical references with allegorical scenes. Pépin embraces the excessive and the ecstatic, using a distinct style of built-up layers of paint to create dynamic and dream-like landscapes interspersed with hazy figures. He combines oil and acrylic paints with more ancient techniques, such as distemper, and works across a variety of surfaces ranging from smooth wood panels to coarse burlap.

Alexandre Pépin is a visual artist born in Montreal and currently based in Austin, Texas. He holds an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Texas at Austin (2022) and a BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in Montreal (2016). His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Bradley Ertaskiran (Montreal), Arsenal Contemporary (New York), with a forthcoming exhibition at Racecar Factory (Indianapolis). Pépin participated in residencies at the Vermont Studio Center (2017) and at the Ox-Bow School of Arts (2021). His work was recently reviewed in Esse Arts + Opinions (2021), New American Painting (2022), Glasstire (2022), and Sightlines Magazine (2022). Pépin is currently Assistant Professor of Practice at the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin.

Born in Montreal, Canada, in 1992

Lives and works in Austin, Texas