Francisco Alvarado-Juarez

SELECTED INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

2011 Mirrors of Light, Galería Nacional de Arte, Tegucigalpa, Honduras (catalog)
2009 Llamas y ofrendas: Oaxaca, 2006-07, Museo de Antropología de Xalapa, Veracruz, México
2008 Visible and Unseen, Taller Boricua, New York
Between Light and Shadow: Photo-Installation, Instituto Veracruzano de la Cultura, Veracruz, México
2007 From Manhattan to Oaxaca: Recent Photography, Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center, New York
The Topography of Love, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo -Ateneo de Yucatán, Mérida, México (catalog)
2006 Secrets of Flora & Fauna, Jardín Borda, Cuernavaca, México (catalog)
Two Worlds of my New York, Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños, Oaxaca, México
2005 The Fauna; Gates to the Sea, 9th International Festival -Historic District of Campeche, México (catalog)
Love, Flora & Fauna, Casa de las Monas, León, Guanajuato, México
Nature of Love / Love of Nature, Museo de Arte de Querétaro, México
2002 Canto a la fauna americana, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, México (brochure)
2001 Canto a la Fauna: New York Trophies & NY Fauve, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York (brochure)
2000 The Mythology of the Flora and of the Fauna, Museo Pablo Serrano, Zaragoza, Spain (catalog)
1999 Natura - Frágil, Sala de Arte Los Lavaderos, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (catalog)
1998 Endangered, The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, New Jersey
1996 Mito, sueño y magia, Galería-Universidad de Ciencias y Artes-Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México
1995 Secret Passages, The Stony Brook Union Art Gallery, SUNY at Stony Brook, New York
Mythological Dreams: Recent Paintings, Galería Nina Menocal, México, DF
México en el corazón; para Lucas, Museo Universitario del Chopo, México, DF (brochure)
1994 Border to Border: Across Lines, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH (brochure)
1993 With A Child's Voice, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Selected Work: 1978-1993, Portales Galería de Arte, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
1992 Reefs: Song of the Ocean, Islip Art Museum, Oakdale, New York (brochure)
The North American Trophy Room, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Bronx, New York
1990 Fractured Spaces, InterAmerican Art Gallery, Miami-Dade Comm. College, Miami, FL (catalog)
1989 Trophies, BACA Downtown, Brooklyn, New York
1988 Dangerous Game: An Installation, 101 Wooster Street: DNC Exhibition Space, New York
Native / Stranger: 1983-1988, The Art Gallery, University of Maryland at College Park, MD
1986 Native / Stranger: Paintings & Constructions 1983-1986, El Museo del Barrio, New York (catalog)
1985 Francisco Alvarado-Juárez: Paintings / Constructions, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
1984 Francisco Alvarado-Juárez: Paintings, The Midtown Gallery, Washington, DC
1981 Guatemala: The People, The Arts, (photographs) Galería Inti, Washington, DC
Homage to San Antonio Palopó, Guatemala, Colorfax Gallery, Washington, DC
1980 Homage to Artists, Rotunda Gallery, Pan American Health Organization, Washington, DC
Portraits and Patterns, Martin Luther King Memorial Library, Washington, DC (brochure)
Photos by Alvarado-Juárez, Art Museum of the Americas, OAS, Washington, DC (brochure)
Faces 2, Fondo del Sol Visual Art & Media Center, Washington, DC (brochure)
Faces, Cayman Gallery, New York (brochure)
1976 New York, International Center of Photography, New York

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013 lll Cumbre de Arte Latinoamericana,  Museo Karura Art Centre,  Spain
Environs / Alrededor / Around,  Biennial of the Americas,  Museo de las Americas, Denver, CO     
2012 La Placita,  Islip Art Museum,  East Islip, New York (catalog)
Biennial,  Instituto Hondureño de Cultura Interamericana,  Tegucigalpa, Honduras (catalog)
2011 Illusive Abstractions, Andre Zarre Gallery, New York, NY
2010 IDEARTE, Subasta Internacional de Arte, Museo de la Identidad Nacional, Tegucigalpa, Honduras (catalog)
2009 Pre-Holiday Art Sale, Bronx Blue Bedroom Project, The Bronx, NY
2006 Black Now, Longwood Art Gallery, The Bronx, NY (catalog)
2005 Masters of Graphic Arts 8th International Biennial, Municipal Museum of Art, Györ, Hungary (catalog)
TRANSPLANTED Latino Artists in the USA, Accessibility 2005, Sumter, SC (catalog)
Encore: More from the Permanent Collection, The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ
2003 Object Lessons: Additions to the Collection, 1997-2002, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY (catalog)
2001 Buying Time: Nourishing Excellence, Sotheby's, NY (brochure)
1999 Selected Works from the Permanent Collection, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY (catalog)
1996 ...The First Ten Years of the Permanent Collection, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY (catalog)
Family in Focus: Cultural Diversity & the Family, The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ (brochure)
1994 Paper Visions 5, Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT (curator: Benjamín Ortiz; catalog)
Acquisitions 1991-1994, Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT (brochure)
Reclaiming History, El Museo del Barrio, NY (invitational; catalog)
1993 ...Selections from the Permanent Collection, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Bronx, NY (brochure)
1992 13th Annual Auction, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC (invitational; catalog)
1991 Mixing it up: Art Reacts to Society, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD (brochure)
Dissimilar Identity, Scott Alan Gallery, NY (curator: Berta Sichel; brochure)
New Generations: NY, Carnegie Mellon Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (curator: Elaine A. King; catalog)
...Notable Works from the Permanent Collection, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY
1990 The Awakening, The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT (curator: Benjamín Ortiz; catalog)
Behold..., The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY (catalog)
China: June 4, 1989, P.S.1 MoMa, Long Island City, NY (invitational)
LatinArtCa 90, Galerie d'art Lavalin, Montrèal, Canada (invitational)
Botanica: The Secret Life of Plants, Lehman College Art Gallery, The Bronx, NY (brochure)
1989 ...Juxtaposing Perceptions, Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, NY (catalog)
From the Studio: Then and Now, D M Kendall Sculpture Garden at PepsiCo, Purchase, NY
1988 Día de los muertos, Alternative Museum, NY (invitational; catalog)
...Artists-in-Residence, 1987-88, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY (brochure)
1987 19th São Paulo International Biennial, Fundaçao Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (catalog)
Working in Brooklyn-Painting, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY (curator: Charlotta Kotik; catalog)
AAC x Ten, Arlington Arts Center Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
1988 The Second Biennial of Havana, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Cuba (catalog)
1985 Recent American Works on Paper, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA; international tour 1985-88 by
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (juror: Ned Rifkin; catalog)
The Second Canadian Club Hispanic Art Tour, national tour 1985-87: El Museo del Barrio, NY; Hyde Park
Art Center, Chicago, IL; The Cuban Museum of Art & Culture, Miami, FL; Cullen Center,
Houston, TX; Arvada Center, Arvada, CO; Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)
The Artist Views Washington, Fendrick Gallery, Washington, DC
Selections from a Decade, Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, NY (invitational; brochure)
Expresión plástica de Centro América y Panamá , Galería Habitante, Panamá (catalog)
1984 Artes gráficas panamericanas, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas, Venezuela (catalog)
Annual Area-Wide Painting Exhibition, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA (juror: Holly Solomon; award)
The Canadian Club Hispanic Art Tour 1984, national tour: El Museo del Barrio, NY; San Antonio
Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX; Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles, CA (juried; award; catalog)
Shipshapes, The Midtown Gallery, Washington, DC
Artists Call, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
1983 In the Still of the Night, Anton Gallery, Washington, DC
Annual Area-Wide Painting Exhibition, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA (juror: Frederick Brandt; award)
Rostros de América Latina-fotografía, Casa Fernando Gordillo, Managua, Nicaragua (brochure)
1982 Arte y Solidaridad: exposición subasta, Museo Guayasamín, Quito, Ecuador (invitational; catalog)
1981 Options: Washington, 1981, Washington Project for the Arts, Wash., DC (curator: Gene Davis; catalog)
1978 36 Hours, Museum of Temporary Art, Washington, DC (curator: Walter Hopps)

AWARDS AND COMMISSIONS

2005 Fulbright Scholar Program, Research Fellowship, Oaxaca, México
2004 Fundación Valparaíso, Almería, Spain, Artist-in-Residence, Fellowship
Gottlieb Foundation, Grant
The Wheeler Foundation, Grant
2000 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Fellowship
The New York Foundation for the Arts, Fellowship (Painting)
1998 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Artist-in-Residence, Fellowship
1995 Washington State's Art in Public Places Program, Painting Commission
1993 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Artist-in-Residence, Fellowship
1991 Philip Morris, two year Fellowship
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Fellowship (Painting)
1989 National Endowment for the Arts, Fellowship (Painting)
United Nations Children's Fund, Commission (Flag Stamp Program)
1987 The Studio Museum in Harlem, Artist-in-Residence
Varig Airlines, Travel Award to the 19th São Paulo International Biennial
1985 National Endowment for the Arts, Fellowship (Painting)
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Fellowship (Painting)
1984 Arlington Arts Center, Award Recipient; juror: Holly Solomon
The Canadian Club Hispanic Art Tour, Second Prize Winner
Cartón de Venezuela (Container Corporation of America), Serigraph Print Commission
1983 Arlington Arts Center, Award Recipient; juror: Frederick Brandt
1982 DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Fellowship (Painting)

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The Art Gallery, University of Maryland
Banco Atlántida,
Biblioteca Nacional, Caracas
Bibliothèque Nationale (Cabinet des Estampes), Paris
The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Cartón de Venezuela (Container Corporation of America), Caracas
Everson Museum of Art
Housatonic Museum of Art
Instituto de la Cultura de Puerto Rico
Islip Art Museum
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo -Ateneo de Yucatán
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Maracay
Museo de Arte de Querétaro
Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas
Museo Pablo Serrano
Museo Universitario del Chopo
The Museum of Television & Radio
The Noyes Museum of Art
San Antonio Museum of Art
Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Washington State's Art in Public Places Program

Artist Statement - Mixed Media

My artwork has always been about change, about the need to re-invent myself in the studio, taking the work I have done and expanding it in new directions. I work in a variety of media: painting, photography, video, installation art and sound. I am always searching for new ways and new media to express myself.

“Cosmic Encounters,” my new mixed media series, arranged in groups of twos & threes, is the product of my painting-in-progress and an experimental photographic process. Neither straightforward photography nor painting, each panel in the diptychs, triptychs and “cuádruples” moves within a curvilinear space abstracting the overall composition in a progression from left to right. Each group releases an intense energy of colors and sensual lines; a centripetal force that pulls the human body into a cosmic swirl becoming one with the celestial spheres.

“Cosmic Encounters,” presents a fresh look at the theme of love that has been one of my interests during the last decade. This 2010-14 series can be printed in variable sizes. But, I would like each individual piece in a group to be 48“ x 60.” This large format will approximate the human scale.

Artist Statement - Painting

Nature as metaphor for the complexity of the human condition is the essence of my three recent painting series: “The Cloisters,” “The Topography of Love,” and “Secrets of Flora and Fauna.” All three celebrate life. This artwork, covered with multiple coats of paint, mythological creatures, or diverse images of plants and animals, creates a world of color, altered gravity and unexpected relationships.

In the first painting series, superimposed images of Romanesque sculptures from The Cloisters (Metropolitan Museum of Art), and views of the Hudson River come together in present day New York City. Here one finds the ghostly feeling of the present and the past, the old and the new, Europe and America, location and dislocation. The “old” is brought alive by the “new,” and vice versa.

“The Topography of Love” forms an organic part of my quest to transform the traditional rectangular picture. Each painting consists of six pieces of paper, which are painted as one, then separated and folded. This destroys the original rectangularity, creating a three-dimensional form. This process gives the paintings motion as if looking at the waves of the ocean or the topography of a mountainous region.

The series “Secrets of Flora and Fauna” is a celebration of life and human love. Physical love, present in the drawings but hidden in some works, is depicted in warm tonalities that contrast with the freshness of the greens and blues, tones of turquoise, emerald and lapis lazuli... The work creates a world without gravity in an explosion of color and pleasure. I am continuously trying to fuse the perceptible and the intangible in order to spark inventive reverie.

My artwork from the last two decades tries to create a consciousness of nature’s fragility and temporality, reaching far beyond a sensuous use of form and color. Nature is not only something material, but it is also a subject of philosophical conception. My use of nature as a metaphor, hints at the complexities of contemporary existence, as well as the spirit of life during an era of rapid change. I would like people to see and feel the exuberance of nature, but also to see that it is ephemeral.

Artist Statement - Video

My video artwork, like the rest of my production of the last two decades, deals with nature, and altering perceptions of objects. The view of a cave or the flow of water can be transformed, with the use of sound and close-up shots, into something alien or mysterious. In the process the viewer is transported to a different world where the laws of nature no longer seem to apply. The Hudson River is present in many of these works.

The four short pieces titled “Reflections: Hudson River, Manhattan # 1-4” can be presented in two different ways. The first way is the straightforward simultaneous large projections of the four videos onto the white walls of a gallery. The second way is as an elaborate installation that takes the Spanish title: “Tesoros ajenos.”

In “Tesoros ajenos,” each video will be viewed from a screen hidden at the bottom of a large urn. The four papier-mâché urns have an antique quality or an ancient look that transcends a particular time and culture. The gallery room is transformed into a mysterious environment through dim illumination. The urns, placed at slightly different angles or positions on a floor full of sand, remind the viewers of a hidden treasure or an archaeological find of an unknown culture or people. The viewer will not be able to see what is inside the urns until he/she comes in close contact. At that point, the urns reveal their treasure-like luminosity. This installation is a metaphor for the way every culture, throughout the ages, has borrowed or taken “treasures” (terosos) from another culture. No culture or civilization has developed in complete isolation.

In “Reflections of the Alhambra, Granada, Spain,” the ornate Moorish palaces are presented through reflections in the water, like mirror images, that dance before your eyes. The photography, all in tight close-ups, is straightforward. At times the shots are playful and exaggerated almost as if they have been created by special effects. There is an implied questioning about what is reality. At this time, I am re-working the sound track for this video.

Artist Statement - Photography

Over the past five years I have been working on two distinctly different photomontage series. The photography CD that accompanies this statement is comprised of a small selection of both series: “By the Shore of the Hudson River: Manhattan” and “Between Light and Shadow.”

“By the Shore of the Hudson River: Manhattan” explores the Manhattan shoreline of the Hudson River between 96th and 125th Streets. I select small and distorted elements of driftwood art that spontaneously appear, disappear and blend with the water and the New Jersey skyline leaving a monumental presence of figures resembling flora and fauna. I have captured the ephemeral aspect of the sculptures from varying angles during different times of the day and seasons of the year. This is an ongoing series that will have approximately 30-40 large-scale works.

The second series, “Between Light and Shadow,” is inspired by my experience of working in Mexico for twenty months during 2005-2007 as a Fulbright Research Scholar. This period coincided with several difficult and historic events in Mexico, including the controversial presidential election and the popular uprising in the southern state of Oaxaca. The basic thematic concerns are the natural world and social/cultural traditions as they are expressed within the context of political ferment. We see the desire for social well-being and progress through political protest as well as in public expressions of graphic art, performances and Day of the Dead Celebrations.

I completed extensive video and photography of some of those events. Presently, I am editing the video that, when finished, will include several short pieces. The edited videos will be exhibited as individual large wall projections or side by side with the photographic images. The complexity of the human condition is the essence of this artwork.

I have created two ways to view this photography. The first is the traditional picture with individual shots. The second is a series of over 40 large-scale photomontages that use from 9 to 16 matted photographs, placed, folded and tacked to the walls in such a way as to create an irregular design. The first method brings to viewers the power and intimacy of the single frame allowing them to experience the drama and immediacy of the moment and drawing them into the photograph. The second method, through repetition and placement, creates a grouping in which each separate image collaborates with the others in the photomontage leading to a third dimension of motion and unity. Individual photographs within a single composition range from 4” x 6” to 11“ x 14” matted onto a larger surface. Some 4” x 6” and 8” x 10” prints have been glued to larger matted prints creating additional layering that emphasize the reality captured in varying photographic views.