Douglas Alvarez

Douglas Alvarez

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Douglas Alvarez employs a number of techniques to achieve his desired result. Viscous paint applications through palate knife are reminiscent of textural walls, while his brush application delineates the fine detail of a glazed donut or the abstract scrawls on a piece of line graph paper. The color palette Alvarez uses is inspired by fugitive hues of early photos, best represented in his historical figures, or the muted tints of institutional environments.

Douglas’ use of typographic buzzwords such as: answers, special, smile and today, in their simplicity, describe his elements with a humor and dichotomy, allowing the viewer to come to their own conclusions about their association. The newest media for Mr. Alvarez is the inclusion of assemblage. He utilizes these three-dimensional aspects to build another layer to his array of textures and colors, a comprehensive exhibit.

Artist CV


Douglas Alvarez

Lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Phone: (323) 420-3775




Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. 2005

California State University, Northridge, CA. B.A. Degree – Art & Political Science, 1999

Solo Exhibitions:

2012 Comfort Food, Cactus Gallery, Los Angeles CA

2011 Too Cool For School, Cactus Gallery, Los Angeles CA

2010 Basic Nature of Things, California State University Channel Island, Ventura CA

Group Exhibitions:

2015 The Ark…and on Earth, LAC+USC Medical Center, Los Angeles CA

2014 MAS ATTACK 6, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2013 Homing Pigeon, Gallery Lara, Tokyo, Japan

2012 Affordable Art Fair, bG Gallery at LA LIVE, Los Angeles, CA

2012 Que Te Vaya Bien, Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, CA

2011 Children’s Nature Institute Gala, Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

2010 LA X SF, 63 Bluxom Gallery , San Francisco, CA

2009 Celebrando!, Fremont Gallery, South Pasadena, CA

2008 Bird Show, Solid Art Collective, Denver, CO

2008 Mona Lisa Show, Strychnin Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2008 Hell show, MF Gallery New York, NY

Curatorial Projects

2013 Objectified II, Bleicher/Golightly Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2011 I Still Heart L.A., Monkeyhouse Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


2015 “A Special Valentine” – Online Interview, Keith Dugas

2014 “Douglas Alvarez and the Art of Illusion” – Nepotism Magazine, Marybeth Connaughton

2012 Latino Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide for the City of Los Angeles

2012 “Douglas Alvarez’s Comfort Food” – Los Angeles I’m Yours, Kyle Fitzpatrick

2012 “Douglas Alvarez Has Good Taste” – The Food Is Out There, Andrea

2011 “Douglas Alvarez / Too Cool For School” – Platinum Cheese, Stephanie Chefas

2011 “Interview with Douglas Alvarez” – Online Interview, Daniel Rolnik of Argot & Ochre

2009 Books by Authors: North Long Beach Anthology First Edition, Published by Lulu