Pedro Diego Alvarado-Rivera, Mexico City, b. 1956
Alvarado was born in 1956 in Mexico City. In 1974, he began his studies at La Escuela National de Pintura y Escultura, and then continued to study at La Academia de San Carlos from 1976-1977. The following year, he moved to France and studied at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Alvarado apprenticed with three renowned artists whom he believes were equally influential in his development as an artist: Henri Cartier-Bresson taught him to draw, Ricardo Martinez contributed to Alvarado’s love of oils, and Armando Morales encouraged Alvarado to grow stylistically.
Alvarado’s oeuvre focuses on still lifes that depict the limitless abundance of the Mexican natural world. Together with his sublime rural landscapes, Alvarado’s detailed natural studies offer a compelling new examination of Mexican artistic awareness. “I am a Mexican painter, not only by birth but also because I live and work here. The great Mexican painters… reflected this light, the biodiversity, the fruits, the men and their cultures in their creations…These are all very profound things and are a part of what it is to be Mexican.” – Pedro Diego Alvarado-Rivera
Alvarado-Rivera’s artworks have been included in numerous exhibitions throughout Mexico and the United States. He has been featured at the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City; Museo Amparo in Puebla, and had a solo exhibit in 2013 at the Museo de San Idelfonso, Mexico City. His artworks can be found in Public Collections such as The University of Texas at San Antonio, and the Museo Amparo in Puebla, Mexico.
Pedro Diego Alvarado-Rivera: Embracing the Natural World
November – December 2013
San Antonio, Texas