Alejandro Almanza, born in Mexico City in 1977, received his MFA from Hunter College in New York City. Influenced by living in different parts in Mexico and the U.S., Almanza grew interested in how different cultures perceive danger and risk. Almanza’s endeavors focus on materiality concepts by challenging objects conceptually and physically in sculptures and underwater photographs and videos. He has done solo shows in different institutions like San Francisco Art Institute; Museo El Eco, Mexico City; Art in General, New York His; Stanley Rubin Center, El Paso, TX; and College of Wooster Art Museum, Ohio. His work has been featured at the 15th Istanbul biennale; ASU Museum; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City; Dublin Contemporary 2011; 6a Bienal de Curitiba Brazil; as well as El Museo del Barrio and the Queens Museum, both in New York. Almanza has attended the Skowhegan and Bemis Art Residencies program, and he was a grant recipient of the CIFO Grant Program, the Harpo Foundation Grant Program, and the Harker Award for Interdisciplinary Studies. He is currently a member of La Rubia te Besaan Art band project, and lives in Guadalajara, Mexico.