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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 – Jan – Albuquerque Comic Con 2016 – Albuquerque Convention Center – Albuquerque, NM

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

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

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

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

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

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.