Biography

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Claudia Alvarez (Mexican-American) is a painter and sculptor currently living in New York City. Born in Monterrey, Mexico in 1969 and raised in California from the age of three, she received  a BA from the University of California, Davis in 1999 and an MFA from California College of Arts, San Francisco in 2003.

Alvarez worked at the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, California from 1987-2000. Deeply affected by the terminally ill children and elderly patients she encountered as a non-emergency ambulance driver, her painted and sculpted figures continue to reflect their strength and vulnerability.

Her work addresses  the way social, political, and psychological structures impact our behavior and personal interactions. By imbuing sculptures of children with adult characteristics and mannerisms, Alvarez tackles issues relating to violence, empowerment, endurance and what they reveal about human nature.

Alvarez’s pictures and sculptures have been exhibited in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Mexico. Recent solo exhibitions include: Girls with Guns, Scott White Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California; Falling, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska; Silencio de Agua, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Yucatan, Merida, Mexico; American Heroes, Blue Leaf Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, Cosas de un Niño, El Museo Latino, Omaha, Nebraska; History of Immigration, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Nebraska.

Her work has appeared in journals such as New American Paintings, The Irish Times, Art Pulse, NY Arts Magazine, Review Magazine, Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics: Art and Perception, and in the book by Judith Schwartz, Confrontational Ceramics. Collections include National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Yucatan, Merida, Mexico; Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska; El Museo Latino, Omaha, Nebraska; and Whitespace: The Mordes Collection West Palm Beach, Florida.

Claudia Alvarez
Mexican-American, Lives and works in New York City

2003 California College of Arts, San Francisco, California MFA
1999 University of California Davis, Davis, California BA

Solo Exhibitions
2014
Claudia Alvarez, Acercate, CENART, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City, Mexico

2012
Girls with Guns, Scott White Contemporary Art, La Jolla, California
History of Immigration, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Nebraska

2011
Close Your Eyes, White Space, West Palm Beach, Florida (2 person show)
American Heroes, Blue Leaf Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Claudia Alvarez, Falling, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska

2009
Dirty Water, Tugboat Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska

2008
El Silencio Del Agua, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Ateneo de Yucatan, Merida, Mexico

2005
Cosas de Un Niño, El Museo Latino, Omaha, Nebraska

Group Exhibitions
2016
Mujeres, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska
Your Making Me Uncomfortable: Perspectives on Controversial Art, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska
NY, NY: Clay, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York, curated by Judith Schwartz, Ph.D.
Allow Me: facing identity, Southwestern University, TX

2015
New Ways of Seeing: Beyond Culture, Dorsky Gallery, New York
In Pursuit of Freedom, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2014
Migrantes: Claudia Alvarez, Jose Bedia, Ilya y Emilia Kabakov, Nina Menocal, Mexico City MX
Pushing Boundaries, White Space, The Mordes Collection, West Palm Beach, Florida
ENOUGH Violence: Artists Speak Out, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio

2013
Its Surreal Thing: The Temptation of Objects, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE
The Figure, Keramik Museum, Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany
ENOUGH Violence: Artists Speak Out, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
Stump, Hunter College Project Space, New York, NY

2012
Brooklyn Museum GO Open Studios, Brooklyn, New York
Separation Anxiety, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, New York
2010 Better Half, Better Twelfth: Women Artists in the Collection, Sheldon Museum of Art, NE
Provisions, Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York, NY
Separation Anxiety, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Chaffey College, CA
Wildly Different Things, The Observatory, Dublin, Ireland
Vida Breve, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, Illinois

2009
Panopticon, Lied Art Gallery, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
Resident Artists, Galerie Aqui Siam Ben, Vallauris, France
2008
Tiempo Y Espacio, Museo de la Ciudad, Merida, Mexico
2007
Salty: Three Tales of Sorrow, El Camino College Art Gallery, Torrance, CA
Line by Line, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska

Awards and Residency
2015
Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, New York
SASAMA, Shizuoka, Japan
2014
Art Matters Foundation, New York, New York
The McKnight Foundation, Artist in Residence, Northern Clay Center, MN
Artista en Residencia, SOMA, Mexico City, Mexico
2011
Vytlacil Artist in Residence, Arts Student League of New York, New York
2009
PV Art, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
2008
Gruber Jez Foundation, Cholul, Mexico
2006
Visiting Artist, China Century Entertainment Inc., Shanghai, China
2005
Artist in Residence, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska
2002
Artist in Residency, FUTUR, Rapperswil, Switzerland, Jan-July

Museum Collections
National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, Illinois
Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Ateneo de Yucatan, Merida, Mexico
El Museo Latino, Omaha, Nebraska

Selected Bibliography
2015
Jan Garden Castro, Artist Residencies in Multiple Studios Interview with Claudia Alvarez, International Sculpture Center In the Studio, New York, NY
2014
Matthew Harrison Tedford, Molding Art from Life, California College of the ArtsJulie K. Hanus, Visualizing Violence, American Craft, Minneapolis, MN, April/May
Terry Rosenberg, Claudia Alvarez: Familiar Civilization, Esteka, Cerámica Contemporánea, Santiago, Chile
2013
Daniel A. Siedell, Ph. D. Larks that Cannot Sing: The work of Claudia Alvarez, infoceramica, http://www.infoceramica.com/2013/07/claudia-alvarez/ Madrid, Spain
Jan Garden Castro, Claudia Alvarez at Scott White Contemporary Art, Ceramic Art and Perception March 2013
2012
Kristina Puga, Girls with Guns, Raises concerns of bullying and violence, NBClatino.com, New York, NY, 09/27/2012
http://nbclatino.com/2012/09/27/photos-artist-discusses-her-exhibit-girls-with-guns/#s:girlswithguns1
Joe Nalven, Claudia Alvarez, Girls with Guns, U~T San Diego, CA 09/14/2012
http://www.utsandiego.com/weblogs/joe-nalven/2012/sep/14/claudia-alvarez-girls-with-guns/
Sally Deskins, Claudia Alvarez, The Reader, Omaha, Nebraska, 03/14/2012
2011
Mary Day, Catch a Falling Star, The Reader, Omaha, Nebraska, 04/29/2011
Aidan Dunne, A Fair View of Art, The Irish Times, Dublin, Ireland 02/21/2010
2010
Micol Hebron, Separation Anxiety, Art Pulse 11/13/2010
Stacy Davies, Separated by Birth, Inland Empire Weekly, Corona, CA 11/2010
2009
Michael J, Krainak, Whole-grain Goodness, Omaha City Weekly, Omaha Nebraska
John Pitcher, Claudia Alvarez, Corn in all its Golden Glory, Omaha World Herald, Go Magazine, Omaha, Nebraska
Mikael Krainak, Art Collectors Seek Their Treasure, Omaha, Nebraska
2008
Maria Teresa Mezquita Mendez, La Mutilada Fragiludad de la Infancia, www.yucatan.com.mx Yucatan, Mexico
Ceramics Monthly, December 2008
Christian Nuñez, El Silencio de Agua, Unas Letras, Merida, Yucatan
Michael J. Krainak, Show Me the Art, CityWeekly, Omaha, Nebraska
Steven Zevitas, New American Paintings Volume #74 Northeastern
2007
Schwartz, Judith S. Ph.D. Confrontational Ceramics
Ryan Kathman, Love Terrors, Omaha City Weekly, Omaha, Nebraska
Rachel Albin, Societal Conflicts, Daily Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska
2006
Carpenter, Kim Cosas de un Niño NY Arts Magazine, March/April 2006 Vol.11 No 3/4
Carpenter, Kim Children’s Stories Review Magazine, March 2006, Kansas City, Missouri
2005
Interview, Cosas de un Niño, WKNO 91.7 Omaha Local National Public Radio
Gerard, Kacie Columpiádose con Memorias El Perico, Enero 5-11, 2006
Rosado, Marina Claudia Alvarez El Perico, Deciembre 15-21, 2005 Omaha, Nebraska
Brown, Glen Pygmalion’s’ Gaze Ceramic Monthly, June July August 2005
Latina Artists Nuestro Mundo Monthly, June 2005

Books and Catalogs
2015
New Ways of Seeing: Beyond Culture, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, New York, Jan Garden Castro and Eileen Jeng
2014
Claudia Alvarez Acércate, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City, Mexico, Sergio R. Blanco
Its Surreal Thing: The Temptation of Objects, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska, Jorge Daniel Veneciano, PhD
2013
ENOUGH Violence: Artists Speak Out, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburg, PA
2012
So Moving, St. Joseph’s College Council for the Arts with Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation
2011
Provisions, Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York, NY
2010
Better Half, Better Twelfth Women Artists from the Collection, Sheldon Museum of Art
Separation Anxiety, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Curated Denise Johnson and Rebecca Trawick
2008
Claudia Alvarez, El Silencio Del Agua, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Ateneo de Yucatan, Merida, Mexico
2007
Confrontational Ceramics Schwartz, Judith S. Ph.D.