Working under a pseudonym that refers to the human traits he captures, London-based Alias Trate employs a haunting aesthetic to chronicle existential struggles on canvas.
Mixing vivid pigments with walnut, safflower and linseed oils, and using his fingers wrapped in turpentine-soaked rags to shape contours on canvases, his iconic figures are characterised by an obsession with singular colour schemes and unyielding gazes.
His work is held in private collections in Canada, Mexico, France, UAE and the UK.
Trate’s signature is derived from a reimagined coin of the Roman Emperor Antoninius Pius, the adoptive father of Marcus Aurelius - the Roman Philosopher King. The coin is an irreverent nod to aesthetic lineage, displaying 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.