I’m influenced by the characteristics of children. Their actions pose questions simply yet poignantly about complex issues in the world today. A child’s viewpoint is innocent of cultural conventions. Their eyes and comments reveal to us just how corrupt social mechanisms are. In practice this involves using traditional methods of hand building with clay to create sculptures of children who enact adult actions. Working intuitively, the character emerges in my drawings, paintings, and sculpture. By imbuing images of children with adult characteristics and mannerisms, I tackle issues relating to violence, empowerment, and the psychology of human nature and interaction.
Claudia Alvarez lives and works in New York City. She attended the University of California, Davis (BA 1999) and California College of Arts, San Francisco (MFA 2003). Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Mexico. Recent solo exhibitions include Acercate, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City, Mexico, Girls with Guns, Scott White Contemporary Art, California, Falling, Museum of Nebraska Art, Nebraska, Silencio de Agua, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Yucatan, Merida, Mexico, American Heroes, Blue Leaf Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, Cosas de un Niño, El Museo Latino, Nebraska, History of Immigration, Metropolitan Community College, Nebraska. Selected group shows include Better Half, Better Twelfth: Women Artists in the Collection, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE, Separation Anxiety, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, California,Vida Breve, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, Illinois. Grants include Art Matters Foundation, New York, The McKnight Foundation, Artist Residence, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Artist Residence, SOMA, Mexico City, Mexico, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska. Her work has appeared in New American Paintings, The Irish Times, Art Pulse, NY Arts Magazine, Review Magazine, Ceramic Art and Perception, and Confrontational Ceramics.