September brings forth the fourth installment of Tools for Living’s Artist Window Series. We invited Alex Merto to illustrate thee windows in his unique style. Alex chose a beautiful illustrated cross-stitch pattern with “Home” as his theme. I asked him why he chose it: He said he wanted to make an image composed of tiny little pieces, every piece contributing to the overall.
Alex is a graphic designer. He creates books, typeface, posters and music. He was born on Long Island, New York, in 1984. At the age of seven, his parents, two brothers and sister moved to Southern California where he had a pretty normal life, skateboarding, surfing and playing music. It wasn’t until after high school that he became interested in graphic design. He designed album artwork for his band and friends’ bands. When his bothers and sister had art homework, they quickly became his assignments.
When he was 20 he had enough of Orange County, and applied to the School of Visual Arts in NYC and was accepted. After his first year of school he started working for his instructor, Adam Wahler at A to A Graphics and the Type Directors Club. He has taken classes with Paul Sahre, James Victore, Richard Wilde, Richard Mehl, Peter Buchahan Smith and Debbie Millman. He recently graduated from the School of Visual Arts and completed his thesis in Paul Sahre’s portfolio class.
His work has been exhibited at the Art Directors Club in New York, the Ben Maltz Gallery in Los Angeles, ’sNice Coffee Shop in New York and Zaime Café in Yokohama, Japan. Currently he is working with Timko & Klick and Mario Hugo.
Posted by Dan Murphy, DWR: Tools for Living, SoHo