Award-winning artist Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic is paving the way for a new breed of creative visionary. Sidestepping the traditional career path that follows gallery shows to museum retrospectives, Mestrovic has been making a name for himself by experimenting with the new cultural possibilities of the 21st century.
Recognized for his ethereal ink painting, innovative digital processes at the forefront of art and technology, and immersive multimedia installations, Mestrovic has debuted custom works at The MoMa, Miami Art Basel, and SCOPE New York. His strong visual language has carried him through large-scale projects with such diverse cultural icons as Jeff Koons, Kanye West, Nike, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Kenzo, Dell, Microsoft, Diane von Furstenberg, The BBC and even The White House. With no set limit on what form his work might take or how big his audience should be, Mestrovic’s art could be anything from an award-winning short film ( Scriptura Vitae ) to an interactive 20-foot monolith, but it is always unmistakably him.
Mestrovic’s distinct approach to bold, ambitious projects has earned him the acclaim of not only the pop culture elite, but the art world establishment. Mestrovic was chosen from a community of 900k creatives as the Grand Prize Winner of the prestigious SCOPE 2014 SEE ME | Year in Review. He later debuted his acclaimed “Living Paintings” at The MoMa during Armory Arts Week. Mestrovic became the first artist to create key artwork for the CFDA Fashion Awards at Lincoln Center in 2014.
Aerosyn-Lex was invited to The White House by the Obama Administration. He was one of only two artist emissaries invited to commemorate the official visit of the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, and dine alongside and meet The Vice President, Madame Secretary Madeline Albright and Ambassador Caroline Kennedy. In October of 2015 Mestrovic was commissioned to create an original painting that was displayed in the West Wing of the White House. That painting was then requested to be inducted into the official collection of The White House and Smithsonian Museum.
Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mestrovic and his family immigrated to South Florida when he was a child. While his parents worked hard to establish themselves as a humble middle-class family, they always supported his artistic endeavours. Mestrovic’s father, a Yugoslavian expat and art enthusiast, introduced him to painting and calligraphy at an early age, exposing him to the languages and cultures that fueled his output. Japanese calligraphy, Latin script, graffiti and Slavic mysticism have all emerged as prominent visual echoes in Lex’s work.
Mestrovic went on to major in fine-art and fashion at Pratt Institute in NYC, who recently awarded him as one of the top 40 rising star alumni — a list that includes luminaries like Jeremy Scott and Swoon. He followed his passion for lettering to Japan, where he lived for several months studying under a respected calligrapher. Upon completing his studies, Mestrovic continued to travel the world, guided by his artistic instincts and building a broad network of talent. He continues to move at an enviable pace in pursuit of collaboration and creation in the States, Japan and abroad. There’s no telling what’s next.