En-Cajados



Escaping, 2020
Runway of Chaos, 2020





Being born and raised in a Latin American country, who is continuously shaped by religion, colonialism, capitalism, and societal expectations, I explore the different ways humans strive to control, confine, and dictate the essence of what can be viewed as nature or true human beings, imposing expectations and ways of existing within the perfect box or square.




The Perfect Box, 2020






These pieces strive to depict the dynamics that happen between the two contrasts, many times using an abstraction of what a man-made wall or fence is to me, encapsulating nature or a piece of land. This physical dynamic is also a reference to the fluidity of the self that is often contained by societal walls.







Strangling, 2020
Existir hasta cierto punto 1, 2020
Existir hasta cierto punto 2, 2020





The usage of the geometric shapes and organic mark-making is a direct representation of these two opposites, constantly fighting to win their place in this non-stop battle. For this reason, En-Cajados means “inside boxes” but also “to fit in” in Spanish which is a direct representation of my concerns, both personal and physical, of existing outside the perfect square.






Questioning Geometrics 1, 2020
Questioning Geometrics 1, 2020








Human Actions, 2020

Human Actions, 2020

Human Actions, 2020









Alexa Barboza is an artist from San Jose, Costa Rica, born in 1997. She is currently attending the Maryland Institute College of Art and pursuing her BFA in Painting with a Minor in Sustainability and Social Practices. Her work is based on the abstraction and experimentation of her outside world, reflecting on the relations of man-made ideals and nature. She has been in group exhibitions in UCCART Gallery, Costa Rica, and in the Rosenberg Gallery, Pinkard Gallery and Fox Gallery at MICA, in Baltimore. Her most recent exhibition is an online show through El Sotano Art Space in New York.