Cuban-American artist Alex Queral carves phone books to shape three dimensional portraits of pop-culture icons. Using a very sharp X-ACTO® knife (also see the carvings of Salavat Fidai who works with the same knife), the artist creates an identity of so many faceless names that describe the size of an entire community. Peeling away the pages like the skin of an onion to reveal the portrait within, he turns an object that otherwise gets discarded by the end of the year into an object of longevity. Once the carving is complete, Queral adds some black paint to enhance the features and applies acrylic to preserve the book.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1958, Queral and his family migrated to Florida when he was a young boy. He received a B.F.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle and a M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, having exhibited his works in Canada, England, Mexico and throughout the United States. For more check out projects gallery who represents the artist.