Coming up in NY in the 80’s and 90’s during the birth of Hip Hop and graffiti art, Alan’s childhood was spent sketching and mimicking the ubiquitous “pieces” adorning the city’s walls. From there Alan was exposed to NYC’s embrace of airbrushed designs on apparel. Inspired by a chance visit to a window display in a SOHO boutique “Unique Clothing” featuring live airbrushing, Alan started designing and selling his own airbrushed designs at the young age of 15.
Alan Pastrana’s earliest artistic influences can be traced to his Queens born and bred roots…
After High School, He attended the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, majoring in illustration…
He received extensive training in life drawing, painting, portraiture work, color theory, composition, anatomy drawing, fine art, and fashion drawing. His academic instruction at F.I.T. influenced his appreciation of many classical and contemporary masters such as Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Caravaggio, John Singer Sargent, Norman Rockwell, Frank Frazetta, H.R. Giger, and Alberto Vargas. Indeed, what separates Alan’s airbrush work from his competitors is his ability to implement traditional academic methods into his ever evolving, fresh, and contemporary work.
It was this commitment to the melding of old and new, of craft and instinct, that attracted the likes of Kanye West in 2015…
Alan was commissioned to create Yeezy t-shirt designs, custom airbrushed jackets, and a slew of portraits for merchandising. In 2020 Pastrana was commissioned again to create several works of Biblical art for Mr. West’s own personal collection.
Other notable clients include:
Fashion designer Heron Preston, Nike SB, Old Navy, Arts in Architecture, NY Mets Major League Organization, Ovation Guitars, recording artist Rachel Platten, Peppermint Schnapps, and the Patron Spirits Company. His work has been featured in several magazine publications including: Vogue, Easyriders, Custom Motorruder, V-Twin, and covers of Airbrush Step By Step and Airbrush Action. Alan has also taught airbrushing throughout the US and internationally, holding workshops in the Netherlands, German, Spain, Mexico and Colombia.
Since 2000 Alan has been the owner and lead artist of Pastrana Unlimited Airbrush Studios in Plainville, Connecticut.
Pastrana Unlimited specializes in automotive airbrushing and custom graphics, painting everything from choppers, hot rods and aircrafts to canvas illustrations, fashion designs, celebrity portraits, and Fine Art. The versatility of his work speaks to his passion for embracing the new, being curious and open to change, while honoring and incorporating the discipline of traditional art. Alan remains passionate about elevating the craft and looks to the future with enthusiasm for what’s to come in this exciting, evolving art form.