About Alias Trate

Working under an alias that refers to the human traits he paints, London-based Alias Trate makes no preparatory drawings, preferring to stand before his canvases and paint intuitively, capturing human sensibilities in subconsciously sourced forms.  He employs a haunting aesthetic to chronicle the human condition through arresting colour palettes, intricate geometric brush patterns and bold gender-fluid figures.  

Working with handmade oil paints, enhanced by large ratios of walnut, safflower and linseed oils, his canvases are characterised by an obsession with singular colour schemes and unyielding gazes.

Working under an alias that refers to the human traits he paints, London-based Alias Trate makes no preparatory drawings, preferring to stand before his canvases and paint intuitively, capturing human sensibilities in subconsciously sourced forms.  He employs a haunting aesthetic to capture the human condition through arresting colour palettes, intricate geometric brush patterns and bold gender-fluid figures.  

Working with handmade oil paints, enhanced by large ratios of walnut, safflower and linseed oils, his canvases are characterised by an obsession with singular colour schemes and unyielding gazes.

“With his evocative dayglo paintings popping-up in unexpected places, Alias Trate is quickly establishing himself as one of the UK’s most prominent emerging artists. Full of pensive, piercing eyes and contorted gender-fluid bodies, his work deals with troubled states of being.”

- Aesthetica Magazine

The signature on his works is derived from a reimagined coin of the Roman Emperor Antoninius Pius, the adoptive father of Marcus Aurelius - the Roman Philosopher King. The coin displays a faceless bust - a play on the artist's alias - with the latin inscriptions Fortem, Immortalem and the Roman numerals MCMLXXIV, the year of Alias Trate's birth.

His work is held in private collectins in Canada, Mexico, France, UAE, and the UK. His next pop-up exhibit, Zeus’ Bastards, will be held at 15 Bateman Street in Soho, London, from October 1-3.

Zeus' Bastards will feature a series of evocative, large-scale oil-on-canvas works, which explore the dialectical tensions between Apollonian virtue and Dionysian vice.  The introspective works, realised during the COVID-19 lockdown, draw inspiration from the dynamic between two illegitimate sons of Zeus: Apollo, the god of the sun, symbolising pure, rational form and Dionysus, the god of wine and dance, symbolising chaotic passion.

"The chromatic range used by the artist, finely shaded in veins of pure and precious colors, confirms that we are faced with a powerful, sensual, seductive painting...perhaps this is the most peculiar gift of Alias ​​Trate, his ability to draw from the deepest roots of the myth, bringing back his animal and instinctive origin with a personal language in which the spontaneity of inspiration does not affect the precision of the gesture and the absolute control of the pictorial matter."
- Andrea Guerrer, review of Zeus' Bastards in contemporary art magazine Juliet