I like to capture things in between, that are still progressing beyond the moment I make them.  – Alma Allen

Spanning a wide range of materials including bronze, parota wood, various types of marble, obsidian and stalagmite, Allen’s work retains a singularly unique energy and original aesthetic. From sinuously thin bronze shapes to magmatic and smooth marble outpourings, Allen’s biomorphic forms seem to rise up effortlessly from the artist’s chosen material. Allen’s artistic trajectory has seen him progress from humble origins, selling hand-carved miniatures on the street in Soho, NY, to his breakthrough moment of recognition after his acclaimed presentation at the Whitney Biennial of 2014.

Largely self taught, there is a spontaneity and energy to Allen’s work that seems to bear little connection to the artistic movements of this time. In fact they have more in common, formally and perhaps spiritually, with the vast expanses of territory and the monolithic natural formations that seem to have punctuated his life: Utah, where he grew up; Joshua Tree, California, where he lived for several years; and Tepoztlán, Mexico, where he currently has his studio, about 50 miles out from Mexico City. Rocks, branches, and unspecified biomorphic entities that exude a kind of prehistoric energy dominate his shows, their size and mass undermined by their apparent levity and effortless presence.


Alma Allen (b.1970, Heber, USA), lives in Tepoztlán.

His most recent solo exhibitions include Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo (2023); Museu Anahuacalli, Mexico City (2023); Museum Dhondt Dhaenens, Sint-Martens-Latem (2023); Mendes Wood DM & Van Buuren Museum & Gardens, Brussels (2021); Kasmin Gallery, New York (2020); Blum & Poe, Los Angeles (2019); Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago (2016); Heath Ceramics, Los Angeles (2009); Play Mountain, Tokyo (2009).

Additionally, his work has been included in group exhibitions such as Lustwarande, Tilburg (2022); Mendes Wood DM at D’Ouwe Kerk, Retranchement (2021); Mendes Wood DM and The Gerald Luss House, Ossining (2021); MASA, Mexico City (2019); Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs (2018); Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield (2018); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2014).

Selected Artworks

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Alma Allen Mendes Wood DM