Alexanna Padilla
alexanna padilla 

artist statement

 I am a mixed media and fiber artist who enjoys unraveling the complexity of simple materials by building intricate and organic 2-dimensional fiber structures.   I reconstruct and alter layers of paper (art papers, handmade papers, or my own prints and paintings), then intersect the layers and, rather than using adhesive, I make the joins using single-stitching, random weaving, coiling, and other traditional fiber techniques.

My work is inspired by the organic textures and lyrical shapes of nature, contrasted with the dynamic beats of modern progress. The drama of human gesture inspires the movement in my work.  Engaging with the many layers is an opportunity to stop, to look, to consider. I invite viewers to come in closer and get in touch with our humanity, in this world that too often values the cheap, fast, and unconsidered.


artist bio

After being downsized from a job in her former fundraising career, then losing a friend to cancer, Alexanna understood life was uncertain and short.  She decided it was now or never to take the leap and begin her art career, at age 53 .  She had not set foot in the studio for more than a decade.

A fourth-generation native New Mexican from a family of artists and community leaders, Alexanna still considers her native Santa Fe her “soul home”, and recently returned there to live.

Alexanna is a full-time working artist who continues a limited practice coaching artists who are making the transition from a traditional career.  She served 4 years on the Mesa Arts Center Foundation Board, most recently as the Board Secretary.


Curriculum Vitae

Juried Group Exhibitions 


Shemer Art Center, “Making Connections: an Exhibition where Visual Art Meets Poetry”, Phoenix, Arizona

Lyceum Gallery, “Creative Expressionism: the Creative Spirit”, San Diego, California

Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center , “Elements in Balance: Earth . Air . Fire. Water”, Solomon, Maryland

Art Intersection,  “All Art Arizona”, Gilbert, Arizona

Phoenix Center for the Arts, “Unsettled Bodies”, Phoenix, Arizona


Vision Gallery/Chandler Center for the Arts, “Art Quilts XVII – Integrating A Paradox”, Chandler, Arizona

Shemer Center for the Arts, “Fibers”, Phoenix, Arizona

North Bank Artist’s Gallery, “Strands”, Vancouver, Washington

Infinity Art Gallery, “3rd Annual Fiber Arts show”, virtual


Professional Activites


2012  INFLUX Phoenix Metro Public Art Programs


Communty Affiliations

2009 to present   Mesa Arts Center Foundation Board of Directors



2006 University of New Mexico, American Studies Graduate Program, Master of Arts, candidate (all but thesis)

1988 Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York; Bachelor of Arts

Continuing Education


Wire Mesh Baskets; Lanny Bergner; San Diego, California

Vessels of Light; Kay Harradine; San Diego, California

Illuminated Design: Textures, Text, and Images:  Joan Schulze, Alegre Retreat, Gateway, Colorado

One Response

  1. MB says:

    I am so proud of you! As we heard @ SLC – “follow your bliss..” When I look back, I am still astonished by the burning lights that surrounded and gifted us, urging us to live in our passions. That you are picking up the tapestry threads (literally!) and weaving anew the path of creativity… I am in awe. You go, girl!

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