Seattle based artist, Alex Achaval, is a self-taught artist fluent in contemporary portraiture. Achaval adds objects to his work to represent the obstacles we all must overcome, by either ‘painting’ over them like they were never there, or by embracing them.

His recent and most recognizable work is a mix of oil and acrylic portraiture combined with ordinary objects incorporated onto the piece itself. His signature series of “paintbrush girls” consists of subjects with classic bristle brushes placed in the middle of their faces and painted over, a unique technique which unto itself, turns heads.

Alex states, “I look and find inspiration in everyday life and I’m constantly searching for new things to incorporate into my work. I came up with the idea of adding objects into my work when I saw a truck that had been painted over to blend in with the wall behind it in front of an old business.”

Alex develops form that does not follow logical criteria, opting for work that challenges him and that has many meanings. His intention is to incite the viewer to make new personal associations, with the conviction that this is the essence of art. “I simply love to paint and create something that will live forever, and something that is usually pretty bizarre.”

Alex is currently living and working in Seattle, WA where you can find him painting in his gallery/open studio “Artificial Gallery” at Pike Place Market. He has participated in more than 30 group or solo exhibitions in Miami, Los Angeles and the Seattle and Washington area.


2019 Threesome International Group Show, 19 Karen Gallery, Mermaid Beach QLD, AUS
2019 LA Art Show
2019 Group Show Gray Sky Gallery – Seattle, WA USA
2019 Spectrum – Duo Show (with Brooke Westlund), Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, Bellevue WA USA
2019 Holiday Art Show, Ghost Gallery, Seattle WA USA
2018 Wishlist 6, Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles CA USA
2018 Erratic Composure – Duo Show (with Brooke Westlund), Axis Gallery, Seattle WA USA
2018 Altered Panorama, Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles USA
2018 Blood Feather, Pioneer Square Saloon Gallery, Seattle USA
2018 Stripes, BG Gallery, Santa Monica USA
2018 Remix: The Art Of Music, Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles CA USA
2017 Wishlist 5, Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles USA
2017 Crate Digger 2, Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles USA
2017 On The Record, KEXP Gathering Space, Seattle USA
2017 99 Bottles, True Love Art Gallery, Seattle USA
2017 Single Fare 4, New Work Academy of Art, New York USA
2016 19 Karen Gallery, 19 Karen Avenue, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2016 Pike Place Market, Artificial Gallery, Seattle USA
2016 Bring us your Dead Group Show, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna BeachUSA
2016 Group Exhibition, 55 Bell Gallery, Seattle USA
2016 Recycle Art Show, Blowing Sands Gallery, Seattle USA
2016 Group Exhibition, Bemis Art Show, Seattle USA
2016 Annual Miniature Show, Parklane Gallery, Kirkland USA
2016 The Gypsy and James, Rosylyn USA
2015 Pike Place Market, Artificial Gallery, Seattle USA
2015 Group Exhibition, Local Color, Los Angeles USA
2015 Surface Theory, Seattle USA
2015 Couch Ballard, Seattle USA
2015 Coastal Kitchen, Seattle USA
2015 Civic City Center, Shelton USA
2015 Brooke Westlund Gallery, Seattle USA
2015 West Elm, Seattle USA
2015 Flying Apron Cafe, Redmond  USA
2015 Island Port Gallery, Friday Harbor  USA
2015 Fuel Coffee, Willingford, Seattle  USA
2015 Victrola Coffee, 15th Ave, Seattle USA
2015 Victrola Coffee, Pike St, Seattle USA
2015 Flying Apron, Fremont USA
2015 Solo Show, Urban Light Studios, Seattle USA
2014 Geddis Gallery, Seattle USA
2014 Oohla’s Salon and Gallery, Seattle USA
2014 RAW artists ‘Panorama’, Nuemos, Seattle USA
2014 RAW artists ‘Allure’, Los Lobos, Los Angeles USA
2014 RAW artists ‘Awakening’, Showbox Market, Seattle USA
2014 The Mix, Solo exhibition, Seattle USA
2014 Coastal Kitchen, Seattle USA
2014 Essential Baking Company, Seattle USA
2014 Brooke Westlund Gallery, Pike Place, Seattle USA
2013 Pintxo Pirate Show, Seattle USA
2013 Pintxo Solo exhibition, Seattle USA
2013 Coastal Kitchen Group Exhibition, Seattle USA
2013 Pancakes and Booze Art Show, @EICorazon, Seattle USA
2013 Tattoo, Group Exhibition, Lebanon USA
2013 Gaylyn’s Salon, Ellensburg USA
2013 Speck Gallery, Seattle USA
2013 Pioneer Square Saloon, Seattle USA
2013 OK Gallery, Seattle USA
2012 Old Rainier Brewery, Seattle USA
2012 Speck Gallery, Seattle USA
2012 Warren Knapp Gallery, Seattle USA
2012 U.S. Bank, Seattle USA
2012 Sugarcomb Hair Salon, Seattle USA
2012 Emerald City Orchids, Seattle USA
2012 Art/not Terminal Gallery, Seattle USA
2012 Consortium Gallery/Smith Agency, Seattle USA
2012 All City Coffee, Seattle USA
2011 Gypsy Cafe and Pub, Seattle USA
2011 Pintxo, Seattle USA
2011 Warren Knapp Gallery, Seattle USA


2019 LA Art Fair (with Gabba Gallery)
2018 SEattle Emerging Arts Fair


2017 Create! Magazine, Issue 3
2017 Street Cred Project, Avenue Media
2016 Fresh Paint Magazine – Cover Artist, August Edition
2016 Art Maze Magazine, Summer Issue 3
2016 Hi Fructose, Contemporary Art Magazine


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