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Alexander Lee was born in Stockton, CA, and grew-up in Tahiti, French Polynesia. He earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts, his MFA from Columbia University, and MPS from New York University. Lee' s trilogy, THE DEPARTURE OF THE FISH, titled after the creation myth of the island of Tahiti, premiered at Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles in 2006 and at Clementine Gallery, New York in 2007. His subsequent projects, RECITATIONS FROM THE GREAT FISH CHANGING SKIES (2008), and EXPANDING-EEL-DEVOURER (2009) continue his interest in storytelling and the anthropic process.THE TUPAPAU WITHIN followed, a stage piece about the inner beasts at play in the creative process. His latest projects, THE BOTANIST and THE BOTANICAL FACTORY, as visual synthesis on post-colonial transformation have been presented in Singapore, Las Vegas, and São Paulo. He is currently Guest Artist Lecturer at the Centre des Métiers d'Arts de Polynésie Française where he is preparing the second edition of MANAVA, a workshop-exhibition project to open at the Musée deTahiti in 2016.

Education
2003 M.P.S. Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University, NY
2002 M.F.A. Columbia University, NY
2000 B.F.A. School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1999 Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
1993 Atelier Letellier, Paris, France

Solo Exhibitions and Projects
2014 THE BOTANIST, Collectors Contemporary, Singapore
2014 THE BOTANICAL FACTORY, P3 Studio, Art Production Fund and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
2011 ALDÉBARAN RISING, Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2011 THE TUPAPAU WITHIN, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York, NY
2009 EXPANDING-EEL-DEVOURER, San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery, San Diego, CA
2008 RECITATIONS FROM THE GREAT FISH CHANGING SKIES, Kinkead
Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2007 THE DEPARTURE OF THE FISH: REDUX, Clementine Gallery, New York, NY
2006 THE DEPARTURE OF THE FISH, Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014-2015 MANAVA, WUHO - Woodbury University Hollywood Outpost, Los Angeles, CA
2014 Made by...Feito por Brasileiros, curated by Marc Pottier and Simon Watson, Cidade Matarazzo, São Paulo, Brazil
2013 MANAVA, Musée de Tahiti et des Iles, Tahiti, French Polynesia
2011 Pretty Vacant, Brooklyn, New York, NY
2011 Pretty Vacant, Brooklyn, New York, NY
2010 Project Fellowship II, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY
2009 Artwalk 2009, curated by Dimitrios Antonitsis, Hydra High School Project, Hydra, Greece
2009 DIY WPA, curated by Joe Sheftel, Envoy, New York, NY
2008 Always Kiss Me Goodnight, Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, curated by Eric Shiner, Deutsche Bank, New York, NY
2007 Distinctive Messengers, curated by Simon Watson, House of Campari, New York, NY
2007 Distinctive Messengers, curated by Simon Watson, House of Campari, Miami, FL
2006 The Same, curated by Dimitrios Antonitsis, Massimo Carasi Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
2005 Ritorni del' Immagine, Villa Noris, Verona, Italy
2005 The Simple Life, Hydra School Projects, Hydra, Greece
2005 NYC Bling Bling, Cinema Adriano, Modena, Italy
2004 Projects I Want to Start and the Ones I Can’t Finish, Riviera Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2003 La Superette, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
2003 One Minute Distractions, TRANSIENTnyc, New York, NY
2003 Words, Ergizio’s Project, New York, NY
2002 Escape, curated by Yasmine Chatila, Ergizio’s Project, New York, NY
2002 Mondo Cane, curated by Elvis Richardson and Sally-Ann Rowland, LeRoy Neiman Center, New York, NY
2001 Truancy, curated by Cheryl Kaplan, Art and Idea, New York, NY
2000 Simili, curated by Julie Baranes, De Chiarra|Stewart, New York, NY
2000 Yard Sale, curated by Barbara Pollack, Downtown Arts Festival, New York, NY
1999 ZAC99, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
1999 Rencontres Internationales HORS CIRCUIT Paris/Berlin, Paris, France

Special Projects
2008 DRAWING RECITATIONS, Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
With Keith Moore
2003 Forever Young: Spleen Cycle, Cunningham Studios, NY
With Keith Moore
2003 Wake, Cunningham Studios, NY
With Keith Moore and Malene Schjonning
2002 Memory and Identity, Universitat Der Kunst, Berlin, Germany
2001 OverTime, Computer Music Center, Columbia University, NY
With Keith Moore and Malene Schjonning
1999 Gare du Nord, Paris, France
With Cécile Dauchez
1999 St. Eustache, Paris, France
With Cécile Dauchez
1998-2002 >>MTRX-E
With participation from Vito Acconci, Brian Holmes, Claire
Laronde, Rémie Marie, Jordan Crandall, and Xavier Laboulbenne

Selected Bibliography
2013 L’Histoire est à Nous, Hiro’a, April
2012 Bertaux, Isabelle, Ils Font Bouger le Fenua, Les Nouvelles de Tahiti, December 22
2012 Résoudre des questions de forme et de fond, Hiro’a, December
2009 Trataris, Kaitlin, Visceral Visuals: Artist portrays Tahiti, Daily Aztec, September
2009 The to-do list/art, Big Fish, San Diego City Beat, September
2007 Valdez, Sarah, Alexander Lee at Clementine, Art in America no.11, December
2007 Watson, Simon, New Artist Alexander Lee, Whitewall, Summer
2007 Baker, R.C. Best in Show, Village Voice, May 16-22
2007 West, Samantha, Alexander Lee, Placed, January
2005 Konstantatou, Giota, Hydra Dimitrios Antonitsis presents: The Simple Life, Highlights no.17, cover
2005 Koroxenidis, Alexandra, Contemporary Artists Question The Simple Life, Herald Tribune, August 18th
2005 Fuoco, Michele, Nell, ex-cinema Adriano Mostra "NYC Bling Bling," Gazetta Di Modena, January 28th
2003 Franklin Sirman, Integrated Prada, Art Asia Pacific no.38, Fall

Lectures
2012-13 Centre des Métiers d'Arts de Polynésie Française, Papeete, Tahiti
2009 San Diego Mesa College, San Diego, CA
2008 Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA
2008 New York University, New York, NY

Prizes and Fellowships
2008-2009 Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Fellowship
2000-2003 Lew and Edie Wasserman Scholarship Award
2000-2002 Dean’s Fellowship, Columbia University
1997-1999 Silas H. Rhoades Scholarship