Awesome Phone Book Carvings by Alex Queral
Awesome Phone Book Carvings by Alex Queral. Cubinian artist from Philadelphia Alex Queral who uses old and unwanted phone books for carvings. Alex Queral was born in Havana, Cuba in 1958. His family migrated to Mexico and then to Miami, Florida when he was a young boy. His works have been exhibited in Canada, England, Mexico and throughout the U.S. Familiar faces of well known celebrities from Frida Kahlo to Jack Nicholson….
Taking an ordinary phone book, Alex Queral carves a face into this object of so many faceless names. With the book, a very sharp knife, a little pot of acrylic medium to set detail areas and a great deal of talent, Queral literally peels away the pages like the skin of an onion to reveal the portrait within. Once the carving is complete, he will often apply a black wash to enhance the features and then seal the entire book with acrylic to preserve the work. However, he never loses the line registration; and the book remains quite pliable.
He received a B.F.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle and a M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. His works have been exhibited in Canada, England, Mexico and throughout the U.S. and are in the collections of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®, as well as Jerry Speyer and the Kohler family. His carved telephone books are exclusively represented by Projects Gallery.