“At the end, the only thing that’s left are interpersonal relationships.”

BIO

Designer, craftsman, artist, he prefers to define himself as creator.

Arturo Álvarez is a product of his life story. His childhood marked, without a doubt, his future as a creator. The exuberant nature of his native land, Galicia in the northwest of Spain, of profuse Atlantic forest, rivers and seas has strongly influenced him throughout his career. Since childhood he began a deep relationship and research, about the possibilities of natural objects offered by his environment, manufacturing and building his own toys. This way of relating to and exploring his surroundings is still his way of approaching work. The wood and his carpenter grandfather, meticulous and creative in spirit, are also present in his DNA. Arturo Álvarez is a designer, craftsman and artist. He likes to define himself as a creator, a concept that synthesizes all the previous ones and with which he feels more comfortable and recognized.

Self-taught, rebellious, always curious, he does not like to impose limits. In his trajectory there are three defining moments. During the first years he explores and works with figurative concepts, based on nature. In a second period, he advances towards abstraction by exploring simple geometric forms. Without abandoning references to nature, the human body appears, a theme that is repeated and in which he continues to investigate over the years. Nowadays, Arturo Álvarez is developing new forms of expression and language, with light as the main theme and the human being and his relationships as the protagonist, with its lights and shadows, encounters and disagreements, issues that concern him and in which he delves through different techniques and materials.

 The recognition of his work, throughout his twenty-five year career, has come in the form of prestigious international awards and numerous awards as an innovator in the field of light and, especially, emotional light.

EXHIBITIONS

 

– Spanish Masters exposición (Salvador Dalí, Antoni Gaudí & Arturo Álvarez). DDC Gallery. New York. 2018

– Art Madrid´18. CentroCentro Cibeles. Madrid. Galería Luisa Pita. 2018

– Mint luminates. Mint shop gallery. Brompton Design District. London design festival. 2017

– Soidades das falas. Galería Luisa Pita. Santiago de Compostela. 2017

– Artwork series. ICFF Gallery. ICFF. New York. 2017

– 12 miradas de Arturo Álvarez. Galería Vilaseco. A Coruña. Spain. 2016

– Arts & Crafts, Deseño e sustentabilidade na Galicia do século XXI. Centro Torrente Ballester. Ferrol. 2016

– Instalación en Arco en colaboración con Dardo Magazin. Madrid  2015

– Contradicións. Galería Adhoc. Vigo. 2015

Et facta est luxMAC Museo Gas Natural Fenosa. A Coruña. 2014

Instalación permanente en la cafetería Ferradura. Santiago de Compostela. 2013

Instalación efímera en el “Hostal dos Reis Católicos”. Santiago de Compostela. 2013

Eros. Bus Station Space. Santiago de Compostela. 2013

El volumen de la luz Factoría Compostela. Santiago de Compostela. 2011

Conceptos y diseños para un nuevo siglo. Museo de las Artes Decorativas. Barcelona. 2007

AWARDS AND MENTIONS

– BEST OF YEAR AWARD by Interior Design Magazine, Innovative Translucent Shading/Lighting Solution. SIMETECH®. New York. 2014
– HD Product Design Competition. Las Vegas, Lighting. 2013
– Spanish Avant-garde Craft, Innovation and Design. 2013
– Spanish Avant-garde Craft, Innovation and Design in contemporary craft industries. 2011
– National Craft Awards Finalist. 2011
– Singular.es. 2010
– The Chicago Athenaeum. Museum of Architecture and Design. Good Design, Fluo. 2009
– The Chicago Athenaeum. Museum of Architecture and Design. Good Design, Gea. 2008
– Spanish National Craft Awards Finalist. 2008
– New Light Design, Daab. 2009

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