The Artist

A b o u t    m y    Artwork

     Two important memories encouraged me to create my work. The first is of the exhumation of human remains that had been in a mausoleum for several years. The second is of the many years around 1990, when violence and death prevailed in my hometown of Medellin, Colombia. Those memories likened my perception of the value of a human body to that of an artifact. I thought that bodies were organic discarded materials and thus, I saw a connection to similar objects, such as decayed logs and rotten trees. These organic forms become unfamiliar cavities that are adapted as spaces, as portals.

My work shares visual similarities with fossils or imprints. The spaces I create are basically deteriorated bodies that are completely covered and slowly made into recesses.
I perceive energy around those spaces, both near and further away. The circulation of this energy is activated by a dialogue between “the here,” as the present, and “the there,” as the unknown. I am interested in the physicality and materiality of a deteriorating human body in relationship to decayed logs. I find possibilities within the forms and spaces that are created during the process of their own transformation. 

 

A b o u t    m e

     Carlos Alvarez, an artist born in Medellín, Colombia.  He received his first Associate’s degree in Graphic Arts in 1991 from the Fundación Academia Superior y Servicios Técnicos Industriales in Medillín.  In addition, Alvarez taught Graphic Art and Animation at two schools in Medellín.  Arriving in the United States in April of 1999, he began studying to learn English as a Second Language.  After achieving this, in 2004 he completed his Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio.  In 2007 he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at Cleveland State University.  In May 2015 he obtained his Masters in Fine Arts from the Massachusetts Collage of Art and Design.

 

Education

Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

MFA Printmaking/Sculpture, May 2015

Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

Completed a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts, May 2007

Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH

Associate degree in Art, May 2004

Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH

Completed English as a Second Language courses, May 2003

Fundación Academia Superior y Servicios Técnicos Industriales, Medillín, Colombia

BFA  Graphic Arts,  May 1991

 

Work History

 

Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Printmaking studio

 -  Teacher  Intro to Etching

As a Teacher from freshmen, printmaking major classes and graduate students I encouraged the students to maintain a good and consistent body of work.  I made sure they get enough demonstrations on any of the processes and techniques as well as the safety, cleaning policies and requirements in the studio.

2017

FleurEvents

- Leading Designer

As a florist, I design and assembling all personal, ceremony and reception flowers for elegant and unique weddings. I also provide floral designs for private events and residential. 

2015 - present

Walter Prayzner Custom Gardens, Fine Horticulture and Containers  

-  Leading Designer

Some of my responsibilities include working with live plants and cut flowers to create interesting arrangements while accomplishing high quality designs for commercial and residential costumers. Installation, delivery and  maintenance are fundamental part of my job ensuring their best quality until the next rotation.

2014 – present

 

Winston Flowers and Design  

-  Flower Designer

I designed the flower displays for the most of the luxurious hotels in Boston area including Boston Harbor Hotel, Mandarin Hotel, Four Season Hotel, The W Hotel and Residences, Omni Parker Hotel, The Renaissance Hotel, Sheraton Hotel, Intercontinental Hotel, among others. Also made flower displays for some commercial buildings as well as some residential customers in the greater Boston area.  2011 – 2014

Walter Prayzner Custom Gardens, Fine Horticulture and Containers  

-  Landscape Designer and Floral designer

2008 – 2011

Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion, (IBA) LA GALERÍA at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts  

-  Gallery curator

As the manager and curator of the gallery my primary task was to pre-select, interview, and book the final artist for each one month solo show, artist talk and workshop in the gallery from over 100 artists. Carefully selected the best twelve suitable artists for the community for two consecutive years. I made sure the all the work provided by the artist was carefully managed, displayed, lit, and returned every month.   

2008

 

Teaching Experience

Universidad Pontificie Bolivariana, Medellin, Colombia

Animation Teacher    1997 - 1998

Facultad de Bellas Artes Medellin, Colombia

Animation Teacher    1996 - 1998

Massachusetts collage of arts and design

Printmaking Teaching assistant   2014 - 2016

 

Solo Exhibitions

-  "Protecting the wounds" The Arno Maris Gallery, Westfield State University – Westfield, MA 2016

-  "Protecting the wounds" Bromfield Gallery – South End, Boston MA, 2016

-  “Wounded objects” Kent Salon and Gallery – South End, Boston MA, 2014

-  “Joined by the differences” Station 8 Salon and Gallery – Jamaica Plain,  

     MA, 2013

-  “Scars” Station 8 Salon and Gallery – Jamaica Plain, MA, 2011

-   Sean Salon and Gallery – Cleveland, Ohio, 200

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

-  Piano Craft Gallery, "elusive Imagery" -  Boston, Massachusetts, 2016

-  Bromfield Gallery, "Not exactly flat" -  Boston, Massachusetts, 2016

-  Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion IBA, La Galeria, “Emerging Latino Artists” -  

   Boston, Massachusetts, 2015

-  Massachusetts College of Art and Design Thesis show Exhibition  -  Boston,

   Massachusetts, 2015

-  Massachusetts College of Art and Design Student show  -  Boston,

   Massachusetts, 2015

-  The Gallery in Hunneman Hall, Brookline Main Library  -  Brookline,

   Massachusetts, 2015

-  Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, 35Th National Print Exhibition  -  Fort

   Wayne, IN, 2015

-  Boston Young Contemporaries Exhibition - College of Fine Arts, Boston

   University  -  Boston, Massachusetts, 2014

-  Massachusetts College of Art and Design Student Gallery  -  Boston,

   Massachusetts, 2014

-  Artefino Gallery - Cleveland, Ohio, 2008

-  Sean Salon and Gallery – Cleveland, Ohio, 2008

-  Bruno Casiano Gallery - Cleveland, Ohio, 2007

-  Cleveland State University Art Gallery - Cleveland, Ohio, 2006

-  The Edge Art Gallery – Cleveland, Ohio, 2005

 

Murals

-  2008 Paul and Patricia Busset Residence - Cleveland, Ohio

-  2007 Cleveland State University Art Gallery - Cleveland, Ohio  -  Soul of the

   Americans