Alexander Wtges – Panamá, República de Panamá



Briefly describe the work you do. 

I design icons and images with which to make a series of compositions to play with the perception.

Tell us about your background and how that has had an influence on your work and on you as an artist.

All my life i did drawing and illustration, at 17 year old i learned the art of tattoo and  years later I just started to graphic design.

Today this is reflected in my work.

The concept of the artist studio has a broad range of meanings in contemporary practice. Artists may spend much of their time in the actual studio, or they may spend very little time in it. Tell us about your individual studio practice and how it differs from or is the same as traditional notions of “being in the studio.”

My studio is in my house, I spent time looking for information and ideas.

What roles do you find yourself playing that you may not have envisioned yourself in when you first started making art?

Investigate, study, make sketches, look materials , learn new techniques, experiment and think how make the next artwork.



When do you find is the best time to make art? Do you set aside a specific time everyday or do you have to work whenever time allows?

I can not paint always, but I like make art in the morning and in the afternoon to take advantage of daylight, when I start I can not stop.



How has your work changed in the past five years? How is it the same?

My personal work was changed, before it was a hobby, today is my job. I  taken this very seriously and I think every day in my personal work.

How have people such as family, friends, writers, philosophers, other artists or even pop icons had an impact on the work you do?

My wife is my closest influence, she is my partner.

I like also the works of others painters, tattoo artists, graffiti artists, designers and musicians. are many in my favourites lists and somehow all encourage me to improve and work harder every day.

Have you ever been pulled in the direction of a pursuit other than being an artist? What are your other interests? 

Surf, I could surf every day.


headshotStudied graphic design at the University of Panama and began career with his tattoo studio and an alternative magazine. After he turned to advertising work, playing for eight years as Art Director in Revolver Advertising. Currently directed his studio Hexagram and the same time develop personal projects as a visual artist.


All images copyright of the artist and used with their permission.



About 365Artists/365Days

The purpose of this project is to introduce its readership to a diverse collection of art that is being produced at the national and international level. Our goal is to engage the public with information regarding a wide array of creative processes, and present the successes and failures that artists face from day to day. The collaborators hope that this project will become a source for exploring and experiencing contemporary art in all its forms.
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