Kelynn Z Alder is an accomplished artist whose portraits have been commissioned by notable publications such as The New Yorker, Time Magazine and Australian Geographic as well as many private collectors. She is also internationally recognized for documenting indigenous people and their artifacts.
Kelynn Z. Alder, featured in Cynthia Maris Dantzic’s book 100 New York Painters, is of Mexican American heritage and grew up with a family that lived in several countries and traveled extensively. At a young age, she learned to appreciate a wide range of the world’s living cultures and became fascinated by peoples’ diverse backgrounds. Portraits of everyday people from all corners of the world, but most especially Mexico remain her favorite subject matter.
This, combined with the need to draw and paint, developed into a love of portraiture. Kelynn defines herself as a ”visual essayist with a wanderlust,” because she followed traditional expeditionary methods of painting in the field, combined with work in the studio. She currently resides on the north shore of Long Island with her husband, two children and two ‘nearly-human’ Australian Shepherds.