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About the Artist

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Austin, Texas-based artist RF Alvarez (b. 1988) explores the act of artifact-making through painting. Using disparate historical references, he draws from symbolic motifs and mythical iconography to address issues of identity and culture. Using color as a gateway to evoke an emotional resonance, RF’s carefully selected palette creates an atmospheric environment for his figurative narratives.

Events & Exhibitions

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Art Fairs Art on Paper

03/07/19 - 03/10/19

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Showcases SNOWE

05/19/18 - 09/01/19

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Showcases The Inside

02/28/18 - 07/11/18

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Showcases Lunya

09/11/17 - 12/31/20

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Art Fairs Affordable Art Fair

09/28/16 - 10/02/16

From the Journal

From the Journal

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  • Inside the Studio
  • RF on natural pigments
  • RF Alvarez talks about the specific histories of the natural pigments he used to paint his figurative series 'Elegy'.
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  • In Good Company
  • The Inside
  • Lush interiors abound at The Inside's newly renovated Tribeca loft, the Creative Compound.
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  • Inside the Studio
  • RF on "Archivo"
  • We take a first look at RF Alvarez's 'Archivo' series at his Austin, TX studio.
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  • At Uprise
  • 15 of the year's best spaces
  • Out with 2020 and in with 2021. We're reflecting on all of the spaces that became home to Uprise Art over the past year.
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  • At Uprise
  • Tricks of the trade with Tina Rich
  • To kick off a new series highlighting some of the amazing designers we collaborate with, we sat down with New York-based designer Tina Rich.
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  • At Uprise
  • Tricks of the trade with Chango & Co.
  • We chatted with Susana Simonpietri, the creative director behind Chango & Co., about her tips on collecting art, design advice, and guidance on how to “make beauty happen”.
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  • Meet
  • RF Alvarez
  • RF Alvarez shares his sun-filled Austin studio with us to talk about antiquity, materiality, and world-building.
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  • At Uprise
  • 7 books that inspire artists
  • We turned to 7 Uprise Art artists to share the books that are currently inspiring them - from classic art books to introspective novels.
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  • In Good Company
  • An emerging wellness startup
  • A quickly growing wellness and beauty startup finds a new home in New York's Flatiron district.
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  • At Uprise
  • Tricks of the trade with Fogarty Finger
  • We caught up with one of the design teams at Fogarty Finger to talk about supporting emerging artists, color as a guiding design principle, and art as hospitality. 
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