Pedro Álvarez

(b. Havana, 1967 - d. Tempe, Arizona, 2004)

Pedro Álvarez graduated from the “20 de Octubre” Elementary School of Fine Arts (1981), the San Alejandro School of Fine Arts (1985), and the School of Artistic Education at the “Enrique José Varona” Superior Pedagogic Institute (1991), all in Havana. Álvarez worked as an art teacher in Cuba, Spain and the United States. His first solo exhibition was held in 1985 at the Universal Art Gallery in Trinidad, Cuba. Later, important exhibitions of his work include La canción del amor (The Love Song) at the Center for the Development of Visual Arts in Havana, 1995; Spanish Painting and Art Nuevo Suizo (with Ezequiel Suárez) at Aglutinador Space Gallery in Havana, 1998; The History of Cuban Art has been told at La Casona Gallery in Havana, 2000; On the Panamerican Highway at Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica, California, 2000; and African Abstract y otras pinturas románticas (African Abstract and Other Romantic Paintings) at Habana Gallery, 2003. His works are part of public and private collections such as the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana; the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo in Seville, Spain; the Ortega y Gasset Foundation in Madrid, Spain; the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst in Aachen, Germany; the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; the Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe, Arizona; the Patchett Collection in California; and the Farber Collection in New York. His death under mysterious circumstances occurred a few days after opening his solo exhibition Lanscape in the Fireplace at the Arizona State University Art Museum, in 2004.

Selected Works