Alejandra Figueroa was born in Mexico City and lived most of her childhood in Mexico. After high school, she went to Europe to study French and Italian, but returned to Mexico to study Art History and work in a museum where she took her first photography classes with a camera that she borrowed from her brother.
Upon deciding to pursue a career in photography, Alejandra moved to her favorite city. ”I knew Paris is where I wanted to live and work.” said Ms. Figueroa. Right away, she began to shoot in the museums where she felt a deep connection to the architecture, sculpture and art in these magnificent historic storehouses of beauty.
In Paris, Alejandra met the owner and founder of Imaginoir, one of Paris’s top photography laboratories where she learned and practiced printing for 4 years. She also met gallerist Agathe Gaillard who exhibited her photos and promoted her. She also credits Genvieve Bresc-Bautier, chief curator of the sculpture department for her encouragement.
Alejandra lived and worked in Paris for 20 years. During that time, she traveled all over the world to photograph museums, religious sites, architecture and anything else of beauty that caught her eye. Her camera of choice is a Nikon. She works in both B&W and color and prints in silver gelatin and cibachrome respectively. In 2008 Alejandra returned to her hometown Mexico City where she resides and works today.
Ms. Figueroa’s photographs are in numerous public and private collections around the world including the Louvre, Paris and The Vatican, Rome. She is the only living female artist to have a one-woman show at the Louvre (1997) and she has several books published on her works including Corpus, Rizzoli International Publishing, 2003 and Fragmentos, Museo de Antropologia de Xalapa, Mexico, 2003. A select listing of her solo and group exhibitions and awards follows below.
GROUP & INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS
• 1994 Regards Pierre, Galerie Marie Therese Cochin, Paris.
• 1995 The immobility of Certitude, Casa del Lago, Mexico, DF
• 1997 Le Grand Louvre, Musee du Louvre, Paris
• 1997 Corps, Galerie Agathe Gaillard, Paris
• 1997 Feelings parallel, in the Carrousel de Louvre, Paris, in the framework of the official visit of President Ernesto Zedillo, accompanied by President Jacques Chirac
• 1998 photographier the Sculpture, Musee d ‘Orsay. Public Order Ministry of Culture of France
• 2000 Fascination, Room Overactive, the National Museum of Mexico, 2001 Colonial Exhibition, Sculpture Collection of the National Museum of Viceroyalty, Tepozotlan, Mexico
• 2002 Participant Mois de la Photo in Singapore and Bangkok supported by L ‘ AFFA and La Ville de Paris
• 2002 Peau d’Ange, Virreinal Expression, Church St. Eustatius, Mes de la Photo, Paris
• 2003 Fragile Meduse, Chateau de Pierrefonds, Order of MONUM – Center for National Monuments of France.
• 2004 Fragments, Generous Miracles Gallery, New York
• 2007 Couleurs d’Eclats, Musee de Cluny, Musee National du Moyen Age, Paris
• 2008 Usages of L’Ombre et de L’Arc en Ciel, Maison de L’Amerique Latine, Paris
• 2011 Corpus, Mexican Stock Exchange , Mexico, DF
1998 Second place in the contest Villa Medicis, Rome
1999 Commissioned by the Vatican to photograph the sculpture of St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome
1999 La Maison Europeanne de la Photographie, selected in the competition to acquire young artists
2002 was invited by L’Association Francaise d’Action Artistique (L’AFAA) and La Ville de Paris for a residence in China, to photograph museums and architecture
2004 Order, photograph Collection of the Museum of Anthropology in Xalapa
2009 Order, Photographing New Rooms Knights in the Victoria Albert Museum, London
1998 Paris Photo – Fair, Carrousel du Louvre Paris Photo 1999 – Fair, Carrousel du Louvre Paris Photo 2000 – Fair, Carrousel du Louve 2000 International Art Forum Hannover. Pavilion VIP M exico 2000 Participation in the Exhibition D’Apres L’Antique, Musee du Louvre, Paris 2003 Paris Photo – Fair, Carrousel du Louvre
Musee du Louvre, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Bibloteque National de France, Musee Rodin, Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.