Laura Alvarez

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Artist Bio

Laura Alvarez studied Fine Arts in Spain and England. She has been a graphic designer for more than 15 years. Before she left Spain, she managed the Communication and Public Relations department in a private school for several years. She arrived in New York in 2009 and went back to basics: art, illustration, mural painting. Laura then, became a community leader and educator.

She has been teaching and collaborating with different organizations such as New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx Council of the Arts, Young Urban Christians & Artists, Inc. (YUCA Arts), the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO), The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, and The New York Public Library. She was granted the Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide (SPARC) Residency in 2013, part of a program from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. She also received a grant from the Citizens Committee of New York City to create and teach an Educational Summer Art Program.

Laura was awarded the The Golden Trowel Award 2013 by Partnership for Parks, in recognition of her commitment to enacting change in neighborhood parks through superb community activism. She attended the New York Foundation of the Arts’ Artepreneur Boot Camp in 2013-14. She was selected to participate in Assets for Artists, a program coordinated by Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).

Her last project is an ambitious mural in the Bronx, as a beautification project collaborating with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, that will take place in 2015.

Laura has exhibited all over Europe and New York in collective and solo shows. In 2013 she also began curating art shows.
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