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Alexis Cuarezma is a San Francisco-based photographer & director who specializes in on-location, in-studio portraiture, and stylized narrative short films . A passion for bold visuals has colored his whole life, and his childhood interest was nurtured at CSUEB, where he studied art, graphic design and photography.
His cultural heritage has proven a prominent influence; as a volatile Nicaragua forced Alexis’ family to emigrate to the U.S. when he was six years old, his vision has been informed by themes of sacrifice—of life, love, and self for the greater good. Muses include French Neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David and Nicaraguan poets Rigoberto Lopez-Perez and Ruben Dario, as well as his namesake, Alexis Arguello, a professional boxer, three-time world champion, politician— and source of inspiration for Alexis’ involvement in boxing photography.
He's an Alumnus of the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop (Barnstorm XXIV), has been commissioned for assignments by NIKE, Sports Illustrated, the LA Times, the New York Times, HBO and a number of international publications. His touch has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated 6 times, boxing’s “Bible,” the esteemed Ring Magazine, and that of Undisputed Fight Magazine; covers of UK boxing mags SEEN, Fighting Fit, and Boxing News round out Alexis’ fight resume. His vibrant aesthetic is often sought out for editorial, commercial, and private commissions.
Distinctions include the PPGBA’s Photographer of the Year 2013, 2012, Portrait Photographer of the Year for five consecutive years (2009-2013), Ted Gurney Portrait of the Year 2012, 2013 and Print of the Year in 2011.