Born on a pastoral
wheat farm in the outskirts of Cungrea, Romania, Alexa
Kelemen helped her parents from a young age in the planting
and harvesting of their crops. At the age of six, she
was given a set of pastels and an elaborate sketching
pad by her mother, and set out each day for an hour at
lunch to render a different corner of their farm on paper.
Kelemen began her formal art education at the Institute
of Art in Constanta. With a concentration in both realist
landscape and abstract figural painting, and with two
years of experience as a graduate teacher’s assistant
in oriental decorative art, she attained her art degree
with highest honors in 1965. Alexa quickly built her reputation
throughout Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria, where numerous
exhibitions of her works were held. In 1983, she chose
to continue her training at the School of Popular Art,
this time focusing solely on the art of the still life.
With her formal training completed in 1986, Kelemen was
excited to move to the United States with her husband
and son, where she immediately entered the Deljou studios.
She has exhibited her work in Atlanta and New York.