Jey Alonso is a young architect and photographer specialized in minimalist / surrealist architecture. He studied architecture degree and two master’s degree in Spain and Denmark. Jey Alonso shows his vision of the world through his photographs. This vision begins in 2015, when he is awarded in the II New Talent Edition contest held by the "Artevistas Gallery" gallery in Barcelona and he is invited to exhibit 4 photographic works in a group exhibition.
Photographed by Jey Alonso
Jey reviews the known and not-so-known architectural elements to give them saturated colors different from the reality. His works are based on the decontextualization of the photographed and the will to highlight urban structures that for most people go unnoticed in a everyday routine. It is a surreal interpretation of the city and of the sky, of how our urban horizon dialogues day by day with us and to what extent it serves as a canvas for art and for surprising us.
Jey Alonso introduces in his photos the concept of “relocating to locate” the architect Peter Eisenman to displace the observer from the building and its context generating a departure from real life to return, ironically to the reality through an artistic re-description of the real. This generates a totally new and surreal situation that makes the photographed object more real due to it gives the protagonism it did not have in the urban context. Jey Alonso's photographs rediscover reality by playing the "laws of the Gestalt" by using contrast and making distance between similar urban elements.
He has always been passionate about being behind the camera and thinks of photography as a discipline than needs patience in which you have to wait for the right moment to freeze what you are looking for. Jey has participated in group exhibitions since 2014 in collaboration with different media such as the Alcalá de Henares University, the Antón Martín Market or art galleries, as well as exclusive online exhibitions on the Artsy website.
At the end of 2015, he organizes and inaugurates what will be his biggest individual exhibition so far, with a duration of 5 months in three different places in the city of Madrid: “The Minimalist Objectivity” is an exhibition that draws the profile of Jey Alonso as a surrealist-minimalist photographer through a set that included more than 30 works. Four years later, he organized a one-day Fast Expo called "The Minimalist Objectivity II" where he closed the exhibition including new and old works.
The artist is committed to an artistic photography not limited to reflect the real, in which there is a symbiosis between the photo retouching, the composition, the surrealist colors and the reality portrayed by the photographer, all as artistically valid elements. This approach generates what Robert Venturi defines as "juxtaposed contradiction" that brings up the aesthetic and poetic values of each urban structure.
Jey Alonso currently collaborates as a permanent artist in the art galleries "Artig Gallery", "1stDibs" and "Saisho Art" since 2019 and "Galería Artevistas" since 2015. In addition, in 2019 he founded and opened his website and online photography shop: jeyalonso.com where he exposes his latest creations.