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Alexis Averbuck is a painter and writer. She earned her degree at
Harvard University, and has travelled and lived all over the world,
from Sri Lanka to Zanzibar. Alexis crossed the Pacific by sailboat,
lived in Antarctica for a year, and paints, photographs, and publishes
books on her journeys for Lonely Planet travel guides, the BBC,
magazines and online platforms. She’s had solo exhibitions of her oil paintings
and watercolors, and also promotes travel and adventure in video and on
television, recently starring in a program on Catalunya.
Through her travels, Alexis fell in love with Greece and made the island of Hydra her home; she now also lives in New York City.
Averbuck became an artist after a life-changing year spent at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Inspired by the magnificent natural environment and the unique solitude, she turned to the visual arts for expression. After 'the Ice,' she apprenticed with artists in India, Amsterdam, New York and New Orleans and on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. She worked with watercolor, glass blowing and casting, printmaking and acrylics. Averbuck found that painting with mixed media and acrylic combined the immediacy of watercolor with the textures of glass and intaglio print. Her first exhibition was in 2002.
In 2005, Averbuck sailed across the Pacific Ocean from Costa Rica to the Marquesas Islands; this catalyzed her work on color-infused skyscapes, which are the basis for her Pacific series.Averbuck settled on Hydra Island, Greece in 2007. Always inspired by landscape, she found that painting with oils and mixed media captures the luster of the island's colors and moods. Since then she has had two solo exhibitions of the work created on the island.