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Katrin Alvarez
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Katrin Alvarez
Born (1944-07-09) 9 July 1944 (age 74)
Güstrow, Mecklenburg, Germany
NationalityGerman
EducationSelf-Taught
Known forPainting
AwardsAllan Edwards Award, Gold medal in the M.C.A. Cannes Azur exhibition.

Katrin Alvarez portrait.jpg

Katrin Alvarez (born 9 July 1944) is a German contemporary painter with an international reputation for surreal yet highly realistic works. She is a self-taught artist and has a background in journalism and writing. She has exhibited in many galleries and museums across Europe, America, and China.

Career[edit | edit source]

In 1969, Alvarez received a degree in law[1] and worked as an editor.[1]

In 1976, her portrait of Lilli Palmer was chosen for the cover of that actress's autobiography, Change Lobster and Dance.[2][3] In 1981, she held an exhibition of a series of miniature paintings framed in pure gold, silver, and jewelry in the Galerie Kunst und Psyche in Cologne.[4]

In 2004, she had her first exhibition at the Agora Gallery, a contemporary fine arts gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan.[5] In 2008, Alvarez was included in Gerhard Habarta's "Encyclopedia of Fantastic Artists".[6] In 2012, she held an exhibition called "Transition realms - images and word paintings from the inner worlds" at the Phantastenmuseum (de) in the Palais Pálffy, Vienna, Austria.[7][8] In 2013, she showed eight paintings at the "Fantastic Realism" exhibition at the LuminArté gallery, Dallas,[9] and she exhibited there again the following year;[10] the same year, she exhibited in the International Biennale Artists Exhibition, Miami;[9] at the Chianciano Art Museum, Italy;[9][11] and at the Beijing Art Expo 2013, China.[9] In 2016, Alvarez gave an exhibition of paintings on the theme of child abuse entitled "Memorandum in Pictures" at the Galerie Beck in Homburg, Germany.[12][13] In 2017 she exhibited at the London Biennale,[14] and in art fairs and galleries in Paris, Miami, Beijing, and Vienna.[1]

Awards and distinctions[edit | edit source]

In 2007, Alvarez won the Federation of Canadian Painters' Allan Edwards Award for her painting Exorcism.[15]

In 2011, she received the Vivid Arts Network's "Onore allá Creativá e l’eccelenza nella arti" award at the Castello Estense, Ferrara,[16] and was placed third in the Artrom Gallery's "The Spiritual Essence of Art" for her painting In the Beginning there was Woman.[17]

In 2012, she won a gold medal (La Grande Médaille d'Or) in the Monde de la Culture et des Arts Cannes Azur exhibition, and a Leonardo painting prize at the Chianciano art award.[18]

In 2013, she won first prize for Applied Arts in the Chianciano Biennale Leonardo Award.[19]

In 2015, Alvarez was awarded the Winsor & Newton Prize from the Palm Art Award.[20]

In 2018, Art Tour International magazine declared her its Artist of the Year (for 2017) and made her one of its "ATIM Top 60 Masters".[21]

Reception[edit | edit source]

Alvarez is said to have been inspired by Hieronymus Bosch's works,[11] such as his Garden of Earthly Delights, c. 1500 (detail)

The German psychiatrist Hans-Thomas Gosciniak has written of her work that "[her] paintings do not try to explain, educate or teach, neither do they carry a mission. They do however embed themselves deeply in anyone who gets attracted to them. They are like a stone cast into a lake. The ripples felt by the individual may expand the horizon of feelings and dreams, clearing memories from debris, thus opening a new way to find one's deeper and inner self".[22]

Ashley Knight, in ArtDistricts magazine, wrote that Alvarez uses "a surrealistic language that reveals the conflicts, fears and anxiety of our contemporary society."[9] Gosciniak explains that Alvarez' body of work features "incongruous elements of reality painted with the greatest sense of detail, setting them into juxtaposition of the dream-like and the normal.[22]

Victoria Ludwig, writing about the Chianciano Biennale for Art News Report, described Alvarez as taking the viewer into a world that blurs the line between the real and the surreal. In her view, Alvarez had been influenced by Hieronymus Bosch, Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt, while her interest in poetry and psychology connected her surrealism with expressionism.[11]

Maureen Flynn, writing for the Agora Gallery, describes Alvarez's figures as often doll-like, sleep-walkers "cut off somewhat self-protectively from their own benumbed emotions, as they traverse desolate landscapes".[5] Flynn finds the portraits of women in the foreground of the paintings "luminous, clear-eyed",[5] but other figures in the background can be ghostly, recalling Edvard Munch's The Scream, or ominous, "suggesting an allegory of pedophilia."[5] In Flynn's view, Alvarez may be on a mission to teach the viewer "to look unflinchingly at the demons that we all harbor"; if so, she writes, "well, no one does it better."[5]

Paintings[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Alvarez, Katrin | Biography". Artodrome.de. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  2. "Change Lobster and Dance | 1975 // Front Cover for Lilli Palmer´s book". Katrin Alvarez. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  3. "Katrin Alvarez" (in German). MussenStellen. 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2018.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  4. "Solo Shows (selected)". Katrin Alvarez. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Flynn, Maureen (2004). "Katrin Alvarez: Confronting and Banishing the Demons Within". Agora Gallery. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  6. Habarta, Gerhard. "Katrin Alvarez". Encyclopedia of Fantastic Artists. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  7. Nepelius, Sigrid (17 September 2012). "Katrin Alvarez im Phantastenmuseum Wien" (in German). Phantastisch.at. Retrieved 26 April 2018. „Übergangsbereiche – Bilder und Wortbilder aus den Innenwelten“ – so der Titel der Ausstellung, die ab 20. September 2012 im Phantastenmuseum Wien (A) zu sehen sein wird.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  8. "Benefizveranstaltung im Palais Palffy mit der Malerin Katrin ALVAREZ". Kulturzentrum Palais Palffy. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Knight, Ashley (2013). "Katrin Alvarez: Psychological Portraits". ArtDistricts Magazine. Retrieved 26 April 2018. She is participating from June 6 to 14 in the International Biennale Artists Exhibition Miami that takes place at Miami Iron Side. 7600 NE 4th Court,. Miami, FL,.
  10. "Surrealism of the 21st Century". Wall Street International magazine. 14 March 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Ludwig, Victoria (2013). "Surreal oder Real- Katrin Alvarez Teil der Chianciano Biennale 2013 im Herzen der Toskana". Art News Report (in German). Retrieved 26 April 2018. Katrin Alvarez- Schlüter entführt uns in eine Welt, in der die Linie zwischen Realem und Surrealem verschwimmt. Nicht nur spielt sie mit Raum und Zeit, sondern auch schafft sie in ihren Werken unterschiedliche Welten, die durch Figuren verschiedener Größen dargestellt werden. Beeinflusst durch Hieronymus Bosch, Albrecht Dürer und Rembrandt als auch durch ihr ausgeprägtes Interesse an der Psychologie und der Poesie, verbindet Alvarez' Kunst Expressionismus mit Surrealismus.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  12. "Eine lange Unternehmung in Sachen Kunst". Saarbrücker Zeitung (in German). 10 November 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2018. Ihre 'Denkschrift in Bildern', die sich mit Kindesmissbrauch beschäftigt, fällt nicht nur wegen der eindringlichen, von Sinnbildern und Metaphern getragenen Motivik ins Auge, sondern auch wegen des handwerklichen Könnens.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  13. "Katrin Alvarez | Leo | Eine Denkschrift in Bildern" [A Memorandum in Pictures] (in German). Galerie M. Beck. Retrieved 26 April 2018.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  14. "Katrin Alvarez". London Biennale. 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  15. "Exorcism". Federation of Canadian Artists. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  16. "Group Shows (selected)". Katrin Alvarez. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  17. "The Spiritual Essence of Art | Online Winners' Exhibition". Artrom Gallery. October 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  18. "Winners 2012 - Painting". Chianciano Art Museum. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  19. "Winners 2013 Biennale Leonardo Award". Biennale Chianciano. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  20. "Winners Palm Art Award 2015". Palm Art Award. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  21. Tubesa, Jeff (20 March 2018). "Katrin Alvarez". Art Tour International. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  22. 22.0 22.1 Gosciniak, Hans-Thomas (May 2008). "The Art and Enigma of Katrin Alvarez". ArtisSpectrum Magazine. 19: 12–13.

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