Candida Alvarez (1955, US) received her MFA from the Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT (1997) and has been teaching painting at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago over the past 20 years. In 2017, Alvarez was commissioned by the City of Chicago to create a 200 foot-long, digital painting installed outdoors on the Riverwalk as part of the inaugural Year of Public Art; collaborated with international designer Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons 2017 Men’s Couture collection; had a 40-year retrospective at the Chicago Cultural Center curated by Terry R. Myers; and published her first monographic book Here: A Visual Reader. Currently, her work is included in the inaugural La Trienial at El Museo del Barrio in New York (whose title Estamos Bien was inspired by an Alvarez painting), Latinx Abstraction at BRIC Arts in Brooklyn, The Long Dream at the MCA Chicago, and LatinX American at the DePaul Museum of Art Chicago.

Solo exhibitions include Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, (2020), Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, (2019), Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago (2012-13); Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco (2003); New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT (1996); The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY (1992); The Queens Museum, Flushing, NY (1991); and Galerie Schneiderei, Cologne, Germany (1990).

Alvarez is a recipient of the 2019 Joan Mitchell Foundation, Painters & Sculptors Grant, and in 2021 was the second ever recipient of the Helen Frankenthaler Award in painting. She currently lives and works in Chicago, where she holds the F.H. Sellers Professorship in Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery Chicago and Gavlak Gallery Palm Beach/Los Angeles.

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16 August 2021