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Alex is an extremely talented artist whose commitment to community-based Art is a model of dedication and a reflection of his passion for these types of projects. He is an advocate, an active volunteer, a visionary artist, a leader and a mentor to many.”- Adera Causey, Curator of Education at Hunter Museum of American Art
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MEET THE ARTIST
Alex Paul Loza
Alex Paul Loza is a talented and passionate artist who was born in Lima, Peru and is now based in Chattanooga, TN. He has a deep appreciation for figurative narrative art and a strong commitment to social advocacy. Throughout his career, he has produced an impressive body of work that includes portraits, murals, and sculptures, many of which have been exhibited in public and private collections around the world.
In addition to creating stunning public artworks, Alex Paul has also dedicated his time and energy to supporting his community through art classes, workshops, and demonstrations. He has served on numerous committees and boards, including the advisory committee for “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art” exhibit and the Latin American advisory committee for the Hunter Museum of American Art. He is also a council member for the CHI Memorial Arts in Medicine Council, a member of the Chattanooga/ Hamilton County Community Arts Team for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Any Given Child Initiative, and a member of ArtsBuild’s Board of Directors.
Loza's talent and dedication have been recognized by many prestigious organizations. In 2019, the Thaddeus Stevens Society selected Loza from a nationwide search to create a historic bronze monument of U.S. Representative and "Father of the 14th Amendment," Thaddeus Stevens, in Gettysburg, PA. This was a significant achievement, as it made him the first Latino artist to contribute a sculpture to the city's collection of over 1,300 monuments, which is considered one of the world's greatest collections of outdoor sculptures.
More recently, Alex Paul has been commissioned by McKee Foods to create the first-ever life-size bronze sculpture of "Little Debbie," America's Sweetheart, for the upcoming Little Debbie Park in Collegedale, TN. He has also been commissioned by Card-Monroe Corp to sculpt two life-size busts of its founders, Charles Monroe and Lewis Card, Jr. These projects demonstrate the diversity and versatility of Loza's artistic abilities, and his ability to create meaningful and impactful works of art that connect with people from all walks of life.
"Alex's gifts have elevated the quality of our local art scene in innumerable ways. His passion for education, community outreach, and working within our city's many unique neighborhoods has earned him a reputation as one of Chattanooga's most well-respected arts leaders" - Mayor Andy Berke, City of Chattanooga