Alex Belardo Kostiw’s self-publishing practice, exploring the unknown parts and possibilities of the self, human connection across time and space, and the nebulous shape of reality. Rooted in graphic design, printmaking, and literary criticism, these works deal in poetic, adapted, and iterative elements, visual structures of comics, and conceptually driven forms.


Tenderly : Poetry comics & printed matter

︎ Alex Belardo Kostiw
Alex is an artist, graphic designer, and educator whose explorations include participatory reading experiences, the construction of narrative spaces, myth making, and in-betweenness. They have an MFA in visual communication design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in English literature from the University of Chicago. They live with many reams of paper and two cats.
2023: CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Expo)
Boston Art Book Fair, Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, Chicago Art Book Fair, Independent Artist Book Fair, LA Art Book Fair (virtual), St. Louis Small Press Expo, Autoptic, CAKE, CALA, DiNK, MICE, TCAF, Zineland Terrace, Co-Prosperity (solo; group), The Annex at Spudnik Press (solo), Evanston Art Center (group), Carlow University Art Gallery (group), Tephra ICA (group), Chicago Design Museum (group presentation), In Cahoots Residency (2022), Spudnik Press Artist Residency (2016–17)
Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Zine Collection at the University of Chicago Library, Zine and Comics Collection at the MassArt Library, Decker Library at MICA, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Pratt Institute Artist’s Books Collection, RISD Artist’s Books Collection, Haas Arts Library Special Collections at Yale University