RF Alvarez

Figurative artist RF. Alvarez produces painted narratives from “symbolic motifs and mythical iconography to address issues of identity and culture.” He carefully curates his color palette to create atmospheric environments that emotionally resonate with viewers. “As a gay man, RF. Alvarez grew up believing the idea of a family was something he wouldn’t be able to participate in. When, having moved in with his husband years later, he was washing dishes and his husband gave him a hug, he realized he had achieved the thing that seemed impossible. He belonged.” Alvarez has said he is dissecting his relationship with his Texan Mexican background, the borderlands of his childhood, and the specific brand of cowboy masculinity that shaped his experiences.

Source: Uprise Art, DO512