Collection: Alexi DeVilliers

Tin can art with a cause: art that feeds people in need.
Alexi DeVilliers is both sculptor and philanthropist. His process begins each Saturday at dawn, when he and his wife get up to cook homemade meals for people struggling with homelessness in Tempe and Phoenix. He recycles the food cans and containers into colorful, whimsical sculptures of sharks, dogs, cats and robots.

About the Artist

Alexi DeVilliers is a Cuban-American artist from Tempe, Arizona. His parents moved from pre-Castro Havana to New York, then later settled their family in Hialeah, Florida. As one of five kids, Alexi remembers that his mother had to stretch every dollar, yet always had more than enough food for the family, and even neighbors. The food was great –– full of flavor and anyone could taste the love that went into making it.

As Alexi got older and learned to cook, he continued his mother’s tradition of sharing food with his neighbors. He worked as a professional cook at a Phoenix Veteran’s Home, where he learned to prepare tasty, nutritionally balanced food in large quantities. One Saturday, he and his wife packed up leftovers but instead of stopping next door went to a park near their house where they’d noticed people were living. They gave out 12 meals that day. The following week, they bought 24 frozen dinners, but Alexi thought, “I can make twice as much food, better and for half the price, if I make it from scratch.” Now, each Saturday he and his wife cook 100 or more hot, fresh meals, pack them into the car and head off to area parks to share. They have also begun preparing lunches for area older people in need of help.

Alexi recycles the number-10 cans and other food containers into his robots, dogs and cats, which he sells at local art shows and galleries. He recycles the proceeds right back into the project, using the funds to shop for more food, which becomes more art, which becomes more food.

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