Stefan Alexandres Biography
Stefan’s vision is to exhibit poetic yet contemporary jewelry with solid craftsmanship and design
Stefan Alexandres, who was born in Athens, Greece, is a sculptor and jeweler from the old school. When he was only 12 years old he began an apprenticeship in the metal arts through organized guilds in Greece. Learning the traditional ways of the old world, he specialized in repousse and filigree. In 1974 he opened his first studio in Athens. In 1988 he immigrated to America with his wife and daughter.
Stefan’s work with titanium jewelry has been a vital and creative experience for him. The collection breaks new ground and transcends the traditional applications for metals that he learned in his adolescence. According to Stefan, the exotic metal with its unique temperament belongs to a new era of jewelry.
The uniqueness of Stefan’s work is based on his intuition for singular designs. He starts with a pencil drawing and works the metal directly without molds. His choice of titanium derives from its dynamic qualities: strong as steel but 45% lighter; hypoallergenic, and 100% resistant to corrosion. Anodizing titanium generates oxidation on the metal surface, bringing out the metal’s brilliant colors without the use of patinas, dyes, or chemicals. The color changes depending on the amount of oxidation.
Currently Stefan teaches at the Florida Society of Goldsmiths and the Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, Florida. He has exhibited throughout the country and won numerous awards for his repousse work. His recent experiments with titanium jewelry landed him a spot in the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show (2012) and earned him a Niche Award (Finalist) in Jewelry: Sculpture to Wear for “Devotion, a Huge Sea" (2013).