Alexander Cañedo (December 26, 1902 – February 1, 1978) was a Mexican-American performer who was ration of the surrealism and magic realism art movements of the mid-20th century.
Cañedo was born in Mexico City as Alejandro de Cañedo; his dad was a Mexican government approved and his mommy was from the United States. In 1918, when Cañedo was 15, his parents sent him to École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he studied under the sculptor Jean Magrou. In 1923, Cañedo traveled to Rome where he continued his art studies. In 1927, Cañedo briefly returned to Mexico. During that trip, the Mexican Government appointed him attaché to the Mexican Embassy in Rome.
In 1928, Cañedo held his first art exhibition considering the Circolo Artistico in Rome, a heap of pencil drawings. More exhibitions followed in other cities in Europe. That same year, he traveled to the New York City where he exhibited widely. At this point, he began signing his decree with just his last name; eventually, he then Anglicized his first post as "Alexander" and dropped the "de".
Cañedo was commissioned in 1929 to illustrate the amatory novel Orientale: The Adventure of Therese Beauchamps by the French author Francis de Miomandre. The highly stylized Art Deco results were so wealthy that he retained Cañedo the in the publicize of year to illustrate his bordering novel, The Love Life of Venus.
In 1932, Cañedo was invited to have a solo put-on of his pencil drawings at Walter P. Chrysler, Junior's newly opened Cheshire Gallery, located in the Chrysler Building. He with had a solo exhibition at the Argent Galleries, and participated in shows of the Art Students League of New York, of which he was an supple member.
By the mid-1930s, Cañedo began exhibiting watercolors. These were shown at solo exhibitions at the Arthur U. Newton Galleries. He expanded to take steps in oil paint and in the in advance 1940s, such feint was exhibited at the Arthur U. Newton Galleries and the Schneider-Gabriel Galleries of New York. Beginning in 1947 and on peak of the next-door decade, he produced many illustrations for the covers of science fiction magazines such as Astounding.
Traveling west, Cañedo held a solo conduct yourself at Gump's Gallery in San Francisco in 1949, the first of many exhibitions at Gump's. That year, he also exhibited at the first annual Art League of California capacity show. In 1950, Walter Foster published an art recommendation book titled How Cañedo Draws the Figure; it remained in print for five years.
Cañedo continually relocated to California, dividing his time between San Francisco and Los Angeles, with frequent painting trips to the Monterey area. His work tended to be formally similar, with nude figures set in improbable, alien or abstracted landscapes, or featured natural objects such as seashells wandering in such settings. During this time, Cañedo next produced many overtly homoerotic artworks for private collectors which were too suggestive to be exhibited in galleries.
His exploit remained in request throughout the 1960s, with solo exhibitions at the James Pendleton Gallery, Galleria Gianni, Raymond & Raymond Gallery and the Arcade Gallery in the Beverly Hills Hotel. His works are included in the remaining collection of the Leslie Lohman Gay Art Foundation.
Cañedo died in West Hollywood, California upon February 1, 1978.