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Alec Von Bargen

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New York City

Works in
Akumal, Mexico


conceptual, figurative, abstract, digital, photography, modern, surrealism, landscape, mixed-media, research

ALEC VON BARGEN - Statement / CV


Artist by profession, photographer by inspiration, playwright by 'obstination', actor by dedication and world traveller by addiction. Born in New York, grew up in England and Mexico, German parents, 5 and 1/3 languages plus a healthy passion for all things Asia.  Carbon footprint's off the chart yet recycling is fundamental as are all things green. Human rights are an obsession: live and let live.

Some use the term ‘Wanderlust’, others claim to be “In search of”, many are clearly running away from and quite a few are simply lost. I can’t relate to any of the above and yet I’m guilty of all four. I’m somewhat the consequence of a lifestyle-inherited… the by-product of a set of circumstances… all I know is that my life is one long journey and that I spend most nights dreaming on foreign bed sheets, conversing with fragrances of adopted pillowcases many.

Am I exhausted? At times. Do I complain? Almost always. Would I change it all? Never!

I’m not trying to create a reality, I simply document mine… I use nothing but a tiny, digital point-and-shoot camera.

I work all over the world but rest at home in the Mayan jungle near Akumal, Mexico.


Born in New York City, USA

Lives and Works in Akumal, Mexico




-Iberoamericana University – Mexico City, Mexico

-Centro de Estudios Artisticos – Mexico City, Mexico


Most recent exhibitions:


-2013 Milan Image Art Fair – Milan, Italy

-2012 PULSE MIAMI Art Fair – Miami, USA

-The Biggs Museum of  American Art – Delaware, USA

-The 2012 Arles International Photography Festival. Arles, France.

-The 54th Venice Biennale – Official Selection – Costa Rica Pavilion – Venice, Italy

-The Victoria and Albert Museum – London, England

-Guest Artist – Basel Hot Art Fair – Basel, Switzerland

-Gallerie Forma D'Arte - Venice, Italy

-The National Gallery of Zimbabwe - Harare

-qrzy3 - San Giorgio Castle - Orzinuovi, Italy

-Galerie Huit – Penang, Malaysia

-Nuova Galleria Morone – Milan, Italy

-The Queen’s Complex in Bagh-e-Babur – Kabul, Afghanistan

-Alte AEG Fabrik – Berlin, Germany

-Art Space Beijing – Beijing, China

-Ana Tzarev Gallery – New York City, USA

-The 2011 Arles International Photography Festival. Arles, France

-Galerie Huit – Arles, France

-DIA Denver International Airport – Denver, USA

-The Mall Galleries, Pall Mall – London, UK

-The Soncino Biennale – Soncino, Italy

-The Center for Fine Art Photography – Colorado, USA

-Arte Forte Art Fair - Forte dei Marmi, Italy

-Arte Verona Art Fair - Verona, Italy

-The Agora Gallery – New York City, USA

-Arts League Museum – California, USA

-Arte Padova Art Fair - Padova, Italy

-ArtPrize – Grand Rapids, USA

-LACDA – Los Angeles, USA

-The San Diego International Art Fair – San Diego, USA

-NES - Skagaströnd, Iceland

-The Brooklyn Art Library – New York, USA


Recent Awards


-Jury Merit Award – Grand Prix de la Decouverte – Paris, France

-3rd place winner – 2012 International Photography Awards – Professional nature category - Los Angeles, USA

-1st place winner August edition POLLUX AWARDS - Fine Arts - York, UK

-Shortlist 2011 International Celeste Prize - New York, USA

-Shortlist 2011 LICC Awards - London, UK

-5 People's choice awards - Px3 Official Prix de la Photographie – Paris, France

-Honorable Mention - 2011 International Photography Awards - USA

-Winner Galerie Huit Open Salon – Arles, France

-Finalist at the 2011 Renaissance Photography Awards in London, UK

-Jury selection winner and Director’s honorable mention at the 2011 ‘Blue’ Competition and Exhibit at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado

-Finalist - 2011 Kellicutt International Juried Photo Show

-Bronze medal winner at the International Aperture Award in Melbourne, Australia

-Commended winner at London Photographic Association’s ‘Urbanscape 3’, London, UK

-Winner at the 2010 LACDA Top 40 Visual Artists, Los Angeles

-Winner at the 2010 Chelsea International Art Competition, New York

-Finalist at the 2009 International CELESTE.PRIZE, Berlin

-Finalist at the 2009 Freedom to Create Prize, London




-2012 IPA Annual – Los Angeles, USA

-2012 ‘An Eye for an Ear’ – Exhibition Catalogue – Huit Gallery, Arles, France.

-2012 ‘Alec Von Bargen – The Long Walk Home’ – Solo exhibit catalogue – Edizioni Nuova Galleria Morone – Milan, Italy

-2012 ‘Transcience’ Exhibition book – The Arles International Photography Festival – Arles, France

-2011 International CELESTE PRIZE - New York, USA

-Official 54th Venice Biennale Catalogue - Venice, Italy

-2011 PX3 Book - Paris, France

-LICC - London International Contemporary Photography Book

-Art Fairs International – ‘Von Bargen’s Long Walk Home’ - May Issue – Hong Kong

-Rooms Art Uncovered – March Issue –London, UK

-Zoom 96 – 2011 – March Edition – ‘CRASH-ED’ - USA

-Hot Art Fair 2010 Catalogue - Switzerland

-The Silent March – Publication for Hot Art Fair Basel

-Chelsea International Art Contest – Agora Gallery, New York

-ZOOM 96 – 2010 – May Edition – Alec Von Bargen, Photographer

-CELESTE.PRIZE Catalogue 2009

-The Self-Portrait Project – Catalogue – Brooklyn Library

-Remedy Magazine UK – Issue 7 – June 2010

-‘ONE’ – Photography by Alec Von Bargen

-‘In.Residence’ – Alec Von Bargen – Photographs




-Scholarship/Grant NYArts Beijing Residency

-Fellowship at NES residency, Iceland


Alec Von Bargen’s work has been included in private and public collections around the world, he has also 15+ years experience as an actor/producer/director and writer. 

Recent Exhibits

Alec Von Bargen participated in these exhibits:

May, 2016 Krema Kollettiva
Teatro San Domenico
May, 2016 'Man, Forgotten' - Solo Exhibition - Alec Von Bargen
Nuova Galleria Morone
Sep, 2015 Alec Von Bargen Solo Exhibition | 亞歷克 ∙ 馮 ∙ 巴根 個人展覽
Leo Gallery
May, 2015 56th Venice Biennale - Swatch Faces 2015
May, 2015 56th Venice Biennale - Swatch Faces
Jan, 2015 HYBRID MEMORIES – Bogotá
BAC Gallery
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