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Derek Alvarez has been creating art since he was 3 years old. One of his drawings was exhibited on a nation-wide tour at age 12. He earned an art scholarship to the University of Arizona, focusing on oil painting, graduating in 2004, Magna cum Laude. He began selling his oil paintings while still in college, exhibiting his work in Scottsdale, Arizona and New York City. His work can be found in several public and private collections throughout the country. Currently, he is working as a full-time artist in Guanajuato, Mexico, traveling with his wife and two sons, and shipping his artwork throughout the world.

BIO

My story has been published on The Huffington Post, you can read it here... 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-my-darkest-hour-became-my-greatest-gift_us_57d747ffe4b0d93d17700978

 

RESUMÉ

1981 Born January 2nd in Whittier, California (Los Angeles County).
Lives and works in Guanajuato, Mexico

Education:
2004 University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. BFA in painting, magna cum laude
2001 Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ. AA Liberal Arts

Solo Exhibitions:
2016 Brooklyn Pizza, Tucson, AZ.
2016 Café Passé, Tucson, AZ.
2015 Epic Café, Tucson, AZ.
2015 Tucson Coffee Roasters, Tucson, AZ.
2015 Espresso Art Café, Tucson, AZ.
2009 The Coffee House, Tucson, AZ.
2006 Art One Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.
2005 Epic Café, Tucson, AZ.

Group Exhibitions:
2015 “All Things Paper” at Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
2009 “Fuerte” at Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
2009 “Continuum” at Visual Arts Graduate Research Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
2009 Press, City North in Scottsdale, AZ.
2008 Art One Gallery, Scottsdale and Tempe, AZ.
2008 “Dia de los Muertos” at Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
2007 Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
2006 "Contemporary Narratives" at Agora Gallery, New York, NY.
2006 “Visiones Nuevas” at Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
2006 Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
2005 Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
2005 Solar Culture Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
2005 Art One Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
2005 “Blossom” at Solar Culture Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
2004 “Naipes: arte en las tarjetas” at Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
2004 “Your Choice is Your Life” at Solar Culture Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
2004 “Dreams” at Solar Culture Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
2004 “School of Art BFA/BA Senior Exhibition” at the Student Union Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
2004 “Mimesis 10: The University of Arizona Printmaker’s Annual Show” at Gallery 410, Tucson, AZ.
2004 “Hope” at Solar Culture Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
2004 “University of Arizona Student Select Show” at the University of Arizona Art Building, Tucson, AZ.
2003 “Now is the Time” at Solar Culture Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
2003 “School of Art BFA/BA Senior Exhibition” at the Joseph Gross Gallery, Tucson, AZ.

Juried Exhibitions:
2004 “25th Annual Visual Communications Student Exhibition” Honorable Mention at the Lionel Rombach Gallery, Tucson, AZ.

Awards and Recognition:
2006 Featured Artist of the Month of August at ArtistsRegister.com
2003 Art Department Cultural Diversity Scholarship awarded by the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

Bibliography:
2015 "Foothills artist learns to adapt, creates art with iPad," Wednesday, 2 September, http://www.tucsonlocalmedia.com/eedition/page_3037aab4-e07e-5928-b7c1-a98af69f003f.html#page_a14
2008 "Lisa’s Picks," Internet Article, ugallerey.com, Wednesday, 24 September, http://www.ugallery.com/NewsArticleDetail.aspx?NewsArticleID=152&RC=1
2006 “Derek Alvarez: Contemporary Narratives at Agora Gallery,” Article, Art Knowledge News, Sunday, 27 August, http://artknowledgenews.com/akn/derek-alvarez-contemporary-narratives-at-agora-gallery.html
2006 "New York Gallery Exhibits Works by Tucson Artist," Article, Tucson Citizen, Thursday, 10 August, Calendar p. 22, http://tucsoncitizen.com/morgue/2006/08/10/21398-tucson-talents/

Public Collections:
Tucson Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona

Private Collections:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Cortez, Colorado
Huntington Station, New York
Painted Post, New York
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phoenix, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Washington, D.C.
Westport, Connecticut