“I've been using the graphic nature of cutouts to represent artifacts of mixed backgrounds: Zapotec pottery, Greek amphorae, Aztec Masks, collections of icons that continue the narrative of blending I've been playing with. I include living things like branches and plants both to reference Greek (and Mesoamerican) designs and to evoke the idea of an overgrowth. These are 'artifacts from the future' in my mind, and the future I'm depicting is always lush and wild. So the Deseo series is about desire (shocker) and longing and takes a lot of inspiration from the Odyssey. These works are more archeological in nature, focusing on 'a depiction of a depiction,' as I've said about some previous works.” — RF Alvarez
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 Using disparate historical references, he draws from symbolic motifs and mythical iconography to address issues of identity and culture.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.
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