View ArtistPedro Diego Alvarado-Rivera

Artist's Biography
Pedro Diego Alvarado was born in Mexico City in 1957.

The paintings of Pedro Diego Alvarado carry a sense of immediacy in their ability to project an innate sensibility, an urgency that moves gradually towards poetic resolution.They are possessed by an astute mind, a lyrical imagination, in which the fundamentals of color, line, and shape readily communicate to the viewer.

The sense of immediacy in Alvarado’s paintings leaves an indelible mark. Like an inventive form of handwriting or cursive script (escritura), they immediately tell a story, an allegory, perhaps. The vibratory color that inhabits these canvases functions on two levels simultaneously: It reflects the artist’s Mexican heritage as it delivers a sense of universal clarity.

From a somewhat different angle of vision, Pedro Diego Alvarado’s bristling color matrices and solid pictorial constructions appear as if they were built into the picture plane. This is the result of two distinct approaches: form and metaphor. I see these approaches in Alvarado’s paintings not in opposition to one another but as complementary.

Pedro Diego does not work in the Puritan way of giving the viewer an abrupt either/or proposition. Instead he is closer to the complementary sense of the yin/yang in Taoism and found throughout East Asia. Instead of analytical antipodes in his work, Alvarado gives us vividly rendered structures faceted in color and delineated through easily identifiable shapes. Through a unification of these approaches, the artist enables a feeling of holistic wonder through his manner of representation.

From another perspective, I would rather say that Pedro Diego offers a way of seeing the world, rather than simply representing it. Rather than separating form from metaphor, they are linked to one another through interwoven clarity and a desire to transmit clarity through the medium of painting. For Alvarado, painting is his way he remembers what he has seen and understood in relation to his world. He is a proud Mexican who carries the weight and the lightness of his culture on both shoulders.
Curriculum
1956—Born Mexico, D.F.
Education
1994—Apprentice to Maestro Armando Morales in his London studio.
1988—Apprentice to Maestro Vlady in his Mexico City studio.
1982—Apprentice to Maestro Ricardo Martínez in his Mexico City studio.
1980—Worked with landscapes in Guanajuato with Maestro Jesu ́s Gallardo.
1978-79—Studied drawing and painting with Henri Cartier-Bresson. Apprentice to Clot Bramsen et Georges in his French lithography studio.
1977-78—Studied at l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. 1976-77—Academy of San Carlos, with Professor Gilberto Aceves Navarro. 1974—National School of Painting and Sculpture “La Esmeralda”.
Selected Exhibitions
2012 Ruiz-Healy Art, New York, NY
2011 Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, Texas
2009 Exposición Obra Reciente, Galería Arte Actual Mexicano, Monterrey, Nuevo León
2007 Artistic Gathering # 1—Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio, Texas.
2005 Distancia—Gallery Interart, Mexico City.
2004 ENTRE ILUSIONES Y REALIDADES—Arte Actual Mexicano, Garza Garcia, N.L., Mexico.
2004 SIGLO XX GRANDES MAESTROS MEXICANOS—Museo MARCO, Monterrey ,N.L., Mexico 2004 HOMENAJE A PABLO NERUDA—Dallas, Texas.
2004 Grupo de los 16—Mexico
2003 Variaciones—Galeria Itatti, Mexico City.
2003 Esencias—Club de Industriales, Mexico City.
2001 Chicago Art Fair—Chicago, Il.
2001 Geometría Quieta—Arte Actual Mexicano, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
2000 De mi colección—Conaculta, Mexico.
1999 FAI Fondo Infantil—Landucci-Arte, Mexico
1998 FAI Fondo de Apoyo—Galeria de Arte Mexicano
1997 Vicios y Virtudes—Festival del Centro Histo ́rico. Ex-Palacio del Arzobispado, Mexico City. 1997 El Xoloitzcuincle en la Historia de México—Museo Dolores Olmedo, Me ́xico D.F.
1997 Contacto de Piel a Piel—Estación Pino Suárez del Sistema Colectivo de Transporte, Metro. 1996 Group exhibition, Fundación de Apoyo Infantil, A.C.—Galería de Arte Mexicano, México, D.F. 1996 Individual exhibition at the Instituto de Cultura—Puebla, México.

1995 Generación de los Cincuenta—various states, México.
1995 Group exhibition—Galeria de Arte Mexicano. D.F. Me ́xico.
1994 Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes—Pachuca, Zacatecas, Tijuana y Tepoztlán, México. 1993 Galeria de Arte Mexicano—D.F. México.
1992 Exhibition with Joy Laville at the Jardin Borda—Cuernavaca, México.
1991 Puebla, México.—Unveiled his 60 square foot mural for the Museo Amparo, Puebla, México. 1989 —Galeria de Arte Mexicano. D.F. México.
1983 —Catedral Metropolitana. D.F. México
1982 —Galería del Convento de Tepozlán México.
1980 —Galería Art. Mexico D.F. México.
1980 —Galería Lourdes Chumacero. D.F. México.
1979 —Maison de la Culture. Rennes, France.
1979 —Association Gara. Paris, France.
1978 —Galería Gabriela Orozco. D. F. México.
Other Activities
2004 —Created silkscreens in the studio of Enrique Cataneo.
2003 —Created engravings on metal and silkscreens in the studio of Enrique Cataneo.
2002 —Created engravings on metal in the studio of Enrique Cataneo.
2002 —Course at la Casa de la Cultura de Chetumal Quintana Roo.
2000 —Studio Course on Técnica Veneciana. Pachuca Hidalgo School of Art. Sistema Nacional de Creadores, Fonca.
1998 —Taught “Curso Taller de Técnicas de Fresco” Museo Mural Diego Rivera
1997 —Traveled to Oaxaca to paint landscapes.
1997 —Created a series of etchings on metal in the studio of Emilio Payán.
1994 —Traveled to France and Italy to paint landscapes.
1992 —Created silkscreens in the studio of José González Casanova.
1990 —Traveled to France and Spain to paint landscapes.
1985 —Created etchings on metal in the studio of Maestro Mario Reyes.
1979 —Created lithographs in the studio of Clot Bramnsen et Georges
Pedro Diego Alvarado, Bibliography
Botero, Lina. “La luz de la vida,” Estilo, Year 1, No. 7, 2004.
Casillas de Alba, Martín. “Obra de Pedro Diedo Alvarado: naturaleza,” El Financiero, January 12, 2004. Castello, Oriana. “Pedro Diego Alvarado, El oficio de ser pintor,” Paula, Summer 2001.
Debroise, Olivier. “Diego de Alvarado y las ‘scenes-de-genre’.” El Universal, August 8,1984.
---. “Pedro Diego Alvarado, obra reciente,”catalogue, Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico, July 1984. “Expone Pedro Diego Alvarado en la Galeno Itatti,” Excelsior, Suplemento Cultural, November 11, 2001 “Geometría quieta:Muestra de Pedro Diego Alvarado,” Excelsior, Culturales, February 22, 2001.

“Geometría quieta: Pedro Diego Alvarado,”catalogue, Galería Arte Actual Mexicano, Monterrey, Mexico, March 2001.
Grimberg, Salomon. Distancia, catalogue, Galería Interart, Mexico City, Mexico, October 2005.
Hernández, Feliciano. “Pedro Diego Alvarado lleva en el nombre su destino,” Casas y Gente, Vol. 7, November 1996. Herrero, Esther. “Arte: Pedro Diego Alvarado,” Vanidades, October 1999.
Lara, Lupina. “Pedro Diego Alvarado, Visión de México y sus artistas,” Tomo iii, Encuentos Plásticos, Umbrales del Siglo xxi, 2002.
---. “Pedro Diego Alvarado:Su vida,” Promoción de Arte Mexicano, September/October 2002.
Lawlor,Erick. A Celestial City, The New York Times, May 14, 1995.
MacMasters, Merry. “Recuperar el oficio pictórico,”La Jornada, Culturales, March 20, 2001.
Moncada, Adriana “Los mexicanos traemos en los genes la necesidad de crear: Pedro Diego Alvarado,” Uno Más Uno, November 4, 1993.
Morales, Armando “Pedro Diego Alvarado, obra reciente,”catalogue, Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico, October 1993.
Muñoz, Miguel Ángel. “En la obra de Pedro Diego Alvarado, la luz y el color;” Artes Visuales, October 22, 1995.
---. “La pasión por la pintura,” Epoca, Artes Visuales, Mexico City, November 19, 2001.
---. “Recuperar el oficio de pintor,”Reforma: El Angel, August 4, 1996.
Navarrete, Silvia. “El Bodegón Mexicano: Pedro Diego Alvarado,” Elle, September 1997.
---. “La joven pintura mexicana en los albores de la globilización,” Siglo xx: Grandes Maestros Mexicanos, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, catalogue, Tomo ii, Prodigios de fin de siglo, January-July 2003.
de Neuvillate, Alfonso. “Pedro Diego Alvarado Rivera: Nostalgia de la pintura,” Novedades, July 26, 1984.
Palacios Goya, Cynthia. “Temática naturalista de Pedro Diego Alvarado: La Pintura, parte íntegra de la vida,” El Nacional, November 7,1995.
“Pedro Diego Alvarado da vida a la naturaleza muerta,” Revista Siempre, July 15, 1984.
Pinelo, Rosario. “Pedro Diego Alvarado: Regresar al origen,” Tiempo Libre, October 3, 1996.
Ramos, Martha. “Pedro Diego Alvarado o sus transmutaciones artísticas,” Diario de Monterrey, Culturales, November 22, 2002.
Rivera, María. “Mis cuadros tienen la luz de México,” Business Style, Vol. 2, No. 5, 2005.
Rosas, Leo. “Tomar la luz y reflejarla: la constante de Pedro Diego Alvarado,” Casas y Gente, May 1994.
Ruiz A., María.”Pedro Diego Alvarado intenta seguir los pasos de su abuelo Diego,” Actual, January 1996.
Sánchez, Nelly. “Un octavo mío es Diego Rivera:Alvarado,” Noroeste, 2004.
Sepúlveda, Guillermo. “Desde y para la intimidad,” catalogue, Galeria Arte Actual Mexicano, Monterrey, Mexico, March 2001.
Sepúlveda, Luz. “Pedro Diego Alvarado, Transmutaciones,” catalogue, Galería Arte Actual Mexicano, Monterrey, Mexico, 2002.
Sorondo, Alejandra. “El nieto de Diego Rivera también pinta.” Excelsior , October 2, 1979.
Springer, José Manuel. “Formas ideales accesibles a los sentidos: la pintura de Pedro Diego Alvarado,”catalogue Variaciones, Galería Itatti, Mexico City, Mexico, November 2003.
Tiberghien, Gilles A. “Pedro Diego, el todo y el detalle,”catalogue, Galería Itatti, Mexico City, Mexico, November-

December 2001.
Tibol, Raquel. “De los materiales y su reflexión,”Proceso, November 27, 1995.
Ugalde Gómez, Nadia. “Pedro Diego Alvarado: obra reciente,”catalogue, Galería de Arte Mexicano, November 1995. Wario, Bertha. “Pedro Diego Alvarado, nieto de Diego Rivera, expone en Arte Actual Mexicano,” El Norte---. “Refleja en su obra intensidad mexicana,” El Norte, Culturales, February 22, 2001. , Culturales, November 22, 2002.
Artworks

Pedro Diego Alvarado-Rivera
Limones
2011
Oil on canvas
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Pedro Diego Alvarado-Rivera
El Valle del Nevado de Toluca
2010
Oil on linen
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