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About the Artist

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RF Alvarez (b. 1988) explores the act of artifact-making in his work. Using disparate historical references, he draws from motifs and iconography to address issues of identity and culture, often including the intersection of text and image. His work focuses on how the documents of experiences can have their own tradition or heritage and how those heritages can reflect back onto the subject. Alvarez is currently based in Austin, TX.

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
  • 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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  • 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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