“A Day in the Life” with Montreal Visual Artist Alex Coma

Alex Coma is not someone you cross paths with every day. When you meet Alex, you experience a gentle calming presence, followed by an intriguing sensation of being seen as you engage in conversation. Alex doesn’t just want to know your name, where you are from, and what you do – he wants to understand the complexities and subtle energies that make you who you are. This is also how Alex interacts with the world around him, as he is constantly studying and expanding his understanding of how the cosmos and collective unconscious interacts and impacts humanity as well as each individual person in their own microcosm. This passion for uncovering the secrets of the universe, and his ability and desire to translate these discoveries through symbol and imagery, is why his artwork evokes so much within the person who is viewing it. Alex has a dharmic passion to use his knowledge and intuitive understanding to support other creators on their journey, both personally and professionally, and is constantly applying his learnings within himself in order to know how to most authentically mentor others. He is truly one of the most inspiring people I have had the privilege to know.

-Written by Carissa Brockman

Alex Coma
“The Tower”, oil on canvas, 36″ x 48″, 2021
Alex Coma
Alex painting the Tower.
Auriel, 30″ x 31.5″, oil on canvas, 2022
Alex exploring Bali. One of his other favourite artistic mediums is photography.
Alex cruising in Bali.
Binah, oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″, 2023
Alex Coma
Painting Binah while in Spain.
Alex Coma
Alex exploring the massive jungles in Bali.

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Which ´hood are you in?

My most recent address was in the Hochelaga neighbourhood in Montreal, but I am presently travelling in Australia.

What do you do?

It is quite hard to condense my art practice into a few lines. The shortest way to describe it might be to tell you why that is. My practice is intricately woven with my spiritual explorations and I put my spirit in the foreground of my life. This means that my spiritual explorations inform my physical life, which informs my art. They are all intimately connected. My artwork, which most often takes the form of oil paintings and sculpture, are presented as an installation. This becomes a testimony of my inner findings as I go along my path. I mainly use symbolic landscapes to describe concepts that would otherwise be hard to put into words. The series of paintings I do in a moment in time are then used to more deeply analyze my path to gain insights. These insights are then used to design an evocative and often symmetrical installation that becomes a sort of map of my inner journey and findings that people can go through in a gallery setting.

What are you currently working on?

For the past few months, I have been focusing on my online business Roze Umbra, which is my biggest artwork of all. This is an online platform that offers creative mentorship to help creators in all fields tap into their most authentic selves and create something that goes beyond the ego to serve a greater purpose. This is done through retreats, online workshops, and one-on-one mentoring. I am also working on new artworks where I use AI technologies to connect to the collective unconscious and inspire deeper concepts such as a portal to the Divine Feminine or Matrix. I will be releasing a new Vlog soon to explain the whole process and how magical it has been for me to dive into it.

Where can we find your work?

I am currently travelling to Indonesia and Australia so I have a few of my recent creations stored at Galerie Cache in Montreal. To explore my whole body of work, visit my website, or follow my creative adventures on Instagram. My heart-work, Roze Umbra, can be found here and on Instagram. You can also find my Vlogs on my YouTube channel. My next show is scheduled at Skol Centre in Montreal’s Belgo in 2024 – date to be announced.

 

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