Alexandra Heyes is an established New Zealand painter specializing in figurative painting and portraiture with work in collections in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia, and New Zealand. Alexandra makes many of her own paints and mediums to achieve the beautiful hues and textures which are a signature of her painting. Her preliminary charcoal drawings capture the natural personality and essence of her subjects. Her work is mostly influenced by Spanish and Italian painters such as Velaquez, Goya, and Caravaggio.
While living in France in 1994 Alexandra exhibited in the Vault Gallery in Antibe resulting in an interview on the Riviera Arts programme in Monte Carlo and an invitation to exhibit at the Hotel de Paris. After returning to New Zealand Alexandra continued to paint, specialising in portraiture and figurative painting. Her daughter Sarah inspired much of her work in the following years. In 2005 Alexandra established her own Atelier gallery where she held annual exhibitions, engaged in conservation framing, gilding, restoration, and tutoring. In 2008 she travelled to France again painting a portrait commission in Paris. Her portrait and figurative painting have become highly sought after.
In 2016 the Heritage Trust commissioned Alexandra to restore a mural in a Chapman Taylor house in Takapuna. This was a very delicate restoration project that involved carefully repainting areas of the mural in tempera on water-damaged surfaces, whilst retaining the original integrity of the work using tempera paint which was hand-ground and made freshly on site.
In 2019 Alexandra Heyes and her partner Grant Kenny were given permission to paint in the Alhambra Generalife, in Granada, Spain and they are hoping to hold a painters’ workshop there in the future as well as in Hawkes Bay, where they now live.