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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 while traveling with his wife and two sons, and shipping his artwork throughout the world.


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"It took the hospitalization of their youngest son for Alvarez to analyze where he was going with his art. He and his wife were already self employed, doing website design, but he wanted to put a bigger emphasis on his fine art pursuits."

Foothills artist learns to adapt, creates art with iPad
Foothills News - September 02, 2015


"This is an emotionally powerful use of cartoon and mascot imagery. I like how Alvarez leaves it up to the viewer to imagine the dialog, rather than telling us what we're supposed to think."

Lisa's Picks - October 2008
UGallery - September 24, 2008


"Alvarez playfully composes but his interest lies not in overt storytelling, but rather in how an image may impart meaning to a viewer on an individual level."

Derek Alvarez: Contemporary Narratives at Agora Gallery
Art Knowledge News - August 27, 2006


"Choosing disparate characters and styles from comic books and pop culture, Alvarez transforms their meanings by using humor to sublimate the negativity surrounding them."

New York gallery exhibits works by Tucson artist
Tucson Citizen - August 10, 2006



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