About The Artist

Allan Armenta is an Albuquerque-based artist specializing in abstract art.  A seemingly nice computer programmer by day, by night becomes alarment, a creative guy with a penchant for the macabre.  His body of works spans a variety of forms including painting, drawing, printmaking, digital media, and sculpture.

Allan’s website, alarment.com, showcases works in progress, recent additions, pieces that are available for purchase, as well as a gallery of past works and creative endeavors.

To contact Allan with commission inquires, please email at alarment @ gmail . com

Biography
Allan’s talent for visionary art was identified at an early age. Like many young artists, Allan was sometimes questioned for his unorthodox approaches to art, play and expression.  Fortunately, encouraging voices were also in the mix in the way of his parents, peers and high school art teacher who all supported Allan’s artistic pursuits and interests.

Allan’s journey into the art world was not a direct path.  While he had been drawing his whole life, he didn’t initially pursue a career as an artist.  Allan is one of those rare creatures that subscribe strongly to both hemispheres of the brain.  His creativity was evident in his drawing, imagination, and musical abilities; he is also highly skilled in the left brain functions of math and science with a strong logical thought process and great attention to detail.  Allan initially leaned toward the left brain functions when he first began college and planned to major in computer science.

When Allan was in college, he was required to create an email address and login ID.  In doing so, alarment was born.  What began as a mashup of first and last name simply for email purposes, evolved into a unique online persona.  Allan learned later and by chance, that alarment was French for ‘to cause alarm’ which he thought was a very suitable coincidence.  Allan Armenta and alarment are now synonymous when it comes to the creator and his art.

The artist in him was never quieted during those first few years of college and after some soul searching, he changed his major and obtained a Bachelor of  Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico.  This exposed Allan to a whole new world of possibility.  He was pleasantly introduced to the medias of pastels and oil paints, sculpting ceramics, etching prints, and digital animation.  Allan continued to create art while completing a Master’s degree in Business Administration (concentration Management Information Systems) also from UNM.  Although his day job is not one of a full time artist, he has been quite prolific over the past few years and has found many influences along the way.  Allan has always been drawn toward darker subject matter in his works, often relying on dreams (or nightmares) and the idea of being in a dream state as inspiration.  This influence can be seen from his series of nocturnes and dreamscapes to his three dimensional sculptures and custom vinyl pieces, which he refers to as his “shadow people”.

Some other long time inspirations are comics, graphic novels and action figures.  Allan and his older brother often enjoyed collecting comics and the related action figures.  Allan rediscovered this interest in the mid 2000’s and generated some great new works as a result.  Since his youth, he has shown an interest for modifying action figures, either by painting different color schemes or via the changing of appendages or accessories.  Recently, he became acquainted with vinyl toys and the custom or do-it-yourself nature of them.  When he began collecting vinyl blind boxed figures, he was faced with the dilemma of what to do with duplicates.  He was then introduced to the idea of creating his own designs and the do-it-yourself (DIY) aspect of the designer vinyl culture.  This started with painting blanked figures for himself and has evolved into painting /sculpting pieces for likeminded shows and trading with/selling to other collectors and artists.

Allan continues to produce pieces.  Most recently he has had his custom vinyl toys, paintings, and nocturnes in local Albuquerque galleries including The Octopus & The Fox, Panda Robot, and Cellar Door Gallery & Gifts.  His art has also been featured in the Weekly Alibi, Albuquerque’s weekly alternative newspaper.  Allan (sometimes under the moniker alarment) has also appeared in group shows and events across the United States, such as:

2018 – Oct/Nov – Next Level group art show – Downtown Contemporary Gallery – Albuquerque, NM

2018 – Oct – Halloween Pop Up group art show – OT Circus Gallery – Albuquerque, NM

2018 – Oct – Memento Mori group art show – Downtown Contemporary Gallery – Albuquerque, NM

2018 – Sept – Hispanic Arts at New Mexico State Fair – Expo New Mexico – Albuquerque, NM

2018 – Aug – Street Cypher Block Party art show – Downtown Contemporary Gallery – Albuquerque, NM

2018 – May – Euphemistic group art show – OT Circus Gallery – Albuquerque, NM

2018 – Apr – Player One group art show – OT Circus Gallery – Albuquerque, NM

2018 – Jan – Albuquerque Comic Con 2018 – Albuquerque Convention Center – Albuquerque, NM

2017 – Sept – Hispanic Arts at New Mexico State Fair – Expo New Mexico – Albuquerque, NM

2017 – Aug – Geekon Arcade Art Show – Sister Bar – Albuquerque, NM

2017 – Jun – NAIOP at Night – Banque Lofts – Albuquerque, NM

2017 – Apr – Funko Fools Days! show – Mothership Art Gallery  & Designer Toy Store – Philadelphia, PA

2017 – Apr – BMG art show – OT Circus Gallery – Albuquerque, NM

2017 – Apr – Politico group art show – Downtown Contemporary Gallery – Albuquerque, NM

2017 – Jan – Made in New Mexico group show – Stranger Factory – Albuquerque, NM

2017 – Jan – Albuquerque Comic Con 2017 – Albuquerque Convention Center – Albuquerque, NM

2016 – Dec – Hands on ABQ Art Show – Nob Hill Bar and Grill – Albuquerque, NM

2016 – Oct/Nov – Dia de los Muertos – South Broadway Cultural Center – Albuquerque, NM

2016 – Oct – Poe Show – Downtown Contemporary Gallery – Albuquerque, NM

2016 – Oct – Tiny Art Show – The Vault Art Studio – Denver, CO

2016 – Aug – VERSUS Tarantino VS Kubrick Art Show- Downtown Contemporary Gallery – Albuquerque, NM

2016 – July – Enchanted Popup Presents: Street Smarts – Duel Brewing – Albuquerque, NM

2016 – July – BMG Fan Fest 2016 – Albuquerque Doubletree – Albuquerque, NM

2016 – July – The Tiny Art Show – Bast Studio – Denver, CO

2016 – Jun – First Friday Artshow – OT Circus Gallery – Albuquerque, NM

2016 – Apr – Night of the Living Artists – Duel Brewing – Albuquerque, NM

2016 – Feb – Culture Vol #1 – Warehouse Twenty-One – Santa Fe, NM

2016 – Jan – Albuquerque Comic Con 2016 – Albuquerque Convention Center – Albuquerque, NM

2015 – Dec – Super Troopers Custom Stormtrooper Show – Suburban Vinyl Gallery – Waldwick, NJ

2015 – Dec – Visual Collective Showcase – El Chante: Casa de Cultura- Albuquerque, NM

2015 – Nov – El Dia de los Muertos – South Broadway Cultural Center – Albuquerque, NM

2015 – Oct – Ghost group show – Downtown Contemporary Gallery – Albuquerque, NM

2015 – Oct – NYCC Tequila Custom show – Suburban Vinyl Gallery – New York, NY

2015 – Sept – 24 Hours of Art – Civic Plaza – Albuquerque, NM

2015 – Sept – Vinyl Thoughts Art Show 6 – Dallas, TX

2015 – Aug – AZ/NM Connection Group Art & Music Show – El Chante: Casa de Cultura- Albuquerque, NM

2015 – July – BMG Fan Fest 2015 – Albuquerque Doubletree – Albuquerque, NM

2015 – May – Monsters and Witches group show – Naples Tattoo Convention, Naples, Italy

2015 – Mar/Apr – OH! A Seussian Tribute group show – Pop Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2015 – Jan – Albuquerque Comic Con 2015 – Albuquerque Convention Center – Albuquerque, NM

2014 – Dec – Holiday Gift Show 2014 – Suburban Vinyl Gallery – Waldwick, NJ

2014 – Oct – Monster Mash group show – Boulder Vapor House – Boulder, CO

2014 – Sept – Vinyl Thoughts Art Show #5 Mad*L Makers – The Quixotic World, Dallas, TX

2014 – July – Clutter Custom Show – Clutter Gallery – Beacon, NY

2014 – July – Mysterious Creatures Mega Android group show – Suburban Vinyl Gallery – Waldwick, NJ

2014 – June – Blood Type Positive+ group show – Suburban Vinyl Gallery – Waldwick, NJ

2014 – Apr – Vinyl Thoughts Unmasked Secret Identities and Hidden Desires group show – Bottleneck Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014 – Mar – Second Hand Art Show – Menace Inc. Studios, Greensboro, NC

2014 – Jan – Childish Playthings Custom Toy / Art Show – Menace Inc. Studios, Greensboro, NC

2013 – Nov/Dec – Wild Rumpus group show – Pop Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2013 – Sept – Two Weeks for Mattia – Studioventuno Art Gallery, Salerno, Italy

2013 – Sept – Vinyl Thoughts Art Show #4 – The Quixotic World, Dallas, TX

2013 – May – POP Start Smart – Marte museum, Cava dei Tirreni, Caserta, Italy

2013 – Apr – Project QiQi exhibit – ToyCon UK, London, UK

2013 – Apr – 100 for 100 Gallery Event – The Center of Virtual Arts, Greensboro, NC

2012 – Dec – The Land Of Misfits group show – The Center of Virtual Arts, Greensboro, NC

2012 – Nov – The Dunny Show group show – Plastic Chapel, Denver, CO

2012 – July – Zukie Vs The World group show – TT Underground Gallery, New York, NY

2012 – Jun – Urban Decay III group show – Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA

2012 – Apr – Play Imaginative Mickey Mouse Vinyl Art Figure: Custom Showcase group show – Suntec City Mall, Suntec City, Singapore

2012 – Feb – Toypocalypse 2: Futuretro group show – TT Underground Gallery, New York, NY

2012 – Jan – Kickflip group show – Rendition Gallery, Fort Collins, CO

2011 – Oct/Nov – It’s Alive!!! group show – Rendition Gallery, Fort Collins, CO

2011 – May/Jul – Tiny Terror’s group show – Cellar Door Gifts & Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2010 – Nov/Jan – Unhappy Holidays group show – Cellar Door Gifts & Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

2009 – Jun – Multiple Personalities 2 group show – LiFT in Royal Oak, MI

2009 – Jun – Into the Darkness group show – 1:AM Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009 – Aug – Munny Grubbers custom show – JustBlazed, Phoenix, AZ

2008 – Sept – Coalesce Custom Vinyl group show – Focal Point Gallery, Bronx, NY

The year ahead and beyond look busy as he has been commissioned to complete some new works.  We would be amiss without mentioning his greatest masterpieces, little Cyan Rose and Atticus Cole, Allan’s young children who we hope are budding artists themselves.