My drawings investigate the human face as a garden of consciousness. I make graphic the cloisters of isolation and connection, the bonds between the imagination and the body romantic, and the relationship between vision and visionary. Of the five disciplines I practice—drawing, painting, fabric installation art, printmaking, and poetry— for me it is drawing that is farthest from thinking, and closest to breathing.
Artist Bio / CV
Desirée Alvarez makes giant fabric installations. Her work has won numerous awards including the Cork 2005 European Capital of Culture Award, several New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship Awards, 2003 and 1997, American Academy of Arts and Letters Willard L. Metcalf Award 1999, Lower East Side Printshop Special Edition Fellowship 1998, and an Urban Artist Initiative Special Project grant 2006. Her work is exhibited in museums, galleries and art centers around the world, including the International Print Center New York, American Academy of Arts and Letters, El Museo del Barrio, Taller Boricua, Housatonic Museum, Wesleyan University Zilkha Gallery, Sirius Art Center in Ireland, and in France. She has been an artist in residence at P.S. 122 and Yaddo and is part of an international drawing collaborative called “Weather Report” involving artists around the world. Alvarez also writes and publishes poetry and non-fiction. Her non-fiction won the 2001 Robert D. Richardson Non-Fiction Award, and her poetry is published in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly and other literary journals. She received a BA from Wesleyan University, and an MFA from School of Visual Arts. She is an Adjunct Lecturer in the design department at CityTech, CUNY.