Alberto Mena grew up in South Texas and studied art at the University of Texas, Austin, earning a B.A. in Fine Art. After graduating, he transplanted to New York City to surround himself with the inspiration of art galleries, museums and the city itself. Influenced by many movements, he would ultimately become intrigued with the art of photography. In the early years, he worked as an illustrator for “Business Week Magazine” honing his skills in the new medium of digital illustration. From this acquired knowledge, be began to combine photography with this new computer-driven form. His work reflects both: part photograph and part digital drawing.
Mena’s influences range from David Parker’s mysterious landscapes, Thomas Ruff’s use of appropriated Internet images, Florian Maier-Aichen’s amazing use of color to Sally Galls’ other-worldly black & white subterranean photographs. A major part of his work is driven from his dreams and science fiction films of the 1950s.
WAAS Gallery hosted a unique engagement with Alberto Mena’s photos. It was a gathering of the arts. Alberto’s photos are very captivating and very different. Speaking with Mr. Mena he let me in on a little secret. He said that some photos come from him watching an old movie on television and capturing the picture while in motion and turning it into his very own unique picture. Love It!
Enjoy the photos below of Alberto Mena’s Dream With Me opening reception at the WAAS Gallery in Dallas, TX. This event was sponsored by Nue Vodka…which is pure. clean. simple and tastes oh so good!