CANDIDA  ALVAREZ                                                                               


2010-2012 ABD  Communications Media, European Graduate School 

1995-1997 MFA  Painting/ Printmaking, Yale School of Art 

1981 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

1973-1977 BA Studio Art/ Liberal Arts, Fordham University, Lincoln Center, NY 


2020 Air Paintings, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL

2019 DeColores, Gavlak Palm Beach, FL

2017 Candida Alvarez: Here, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, curated by Terry R. Myers

2012-13 Mambomountain,  Hyde Park Art Center,  Chicago

2003 Paradise, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2002 I Will Always Remember You, TBA Exhibition Space, Chicago

1996 Candida Alvarez: New/Now, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT 

1993 Polyptychs, June Kelly Gallery, NY, Catalogue essays by Rebecca Walker, Jock Reynolds

1992 Candida Alvarez Recent Paintings, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY 

1991 Candida Alvarez, Paintings and Works on Paper, The Queens Museum, Flushing, NY

1990 John Street Series, Galerie Schneiderei, Cologne, Germany, Catalogue

1989 Candida Alvarez Paintings and Drawings, June Kelly Gallery, NY, essay by Elizabeth Murray

1985 Ringside Gallery: Candida Alvarez, Exit Art, NY, curated by Jeanette Ingberman, Papo Colo 

1983 The Hybrid Series, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, Brochure

Cows and Other Things, The Cayman Gallery, New York, Brochure, essay by Lowery Sims


2019 Inaugural Exhibition, Gavlak Los Angeles

2018 Out of Easy Reach, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL, curated by Allison Glenn

2017 Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960’s to Today, Kemper Museum,  Kansas City, MO

curated by Erin Dziedzic and Melissa Messina, Catalogue

Outside the Lines, CAM, Houston, curated by Valerie Cassel-Oliver

2003 Splat, Boom, Pow: The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art, CAM, Houston, Catalogue, curated by Valerie Cassel-Oliver

2000 Words-Objects-Acts, Museum of the City of Skopje, Macedonia; catalogue, curated by Susana Milevska

1999 Choice 99,  Exit Art, New York, Catalogue, curated by Papo Colo 

1995 Artists Talk Back: Visual Conversations with El Museo, Reaffirming Spirituality, El Museo del Barrio, NY, Catalogue, curated by Susana Torruella Leval

1991 Third International Biennial of Painting, Cuenca, Ecuador, Catalogue

1990 Working on Paper: Contemporary American Drawing, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

1989 The Blues Aesthetic, The Washington Project for the Arts, Washington,  DC, curated by Dr. Rick Powell

1988 Autobiography, In Her Own Image, Intar Gallery NY, curated by Howardena Pindell

1987 Masters and Pupils: The Education of the Black Artist in New York, The Jamaica Arts Center, Queens, NY, Brochure, curated by Kellie Jones

1986 New Visions, Soho 20, NY, curated by Kellie Jones

1985 Artists-In-Residence Exhibition, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY

Surplus, Exit Art, NY, Catalogue by Papo Colo

1983 The Re-gentrified Jungle, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, catalog, curated by Joe Lewis 

1980 International Studio and Workspace Program, P. S.1 Contemporary Art Center, LIC, NY

1979 Recollections: Candida Alvarez/ Vincent Smith, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY 

1977 Confrontation, Ambiente y Espacio, El Museo Del Barrio, NY


2017 Susan Snodgrass, Arriving Here: Candida Alvarez, Chicago Cultural Center, The Seen, Issue 05, Expo Chicago

       Jason Foumberg, Candida’s Coloring Book, Chicago Magazine 66, May 2017, No 5 pp.43-44

       Lori Waxman, Candida Alvarez, Up to Try Anything, The Chicago Tribune, Arts + Entertainment, Section 4, Thursday, August 3, 2017, pg. 3

           Chris Miller, Painting A Life In Bloom, NewCity, 7/15/2017, pp. 1-6

            Anna Marevska, Comme des Garçons Spring 2017 Men’s Collection Features a Chicago Artist’s Print, Fashion Files, February 1, 2017

2012 Caroline Picard, Center Field, Art in the Middle/Mashed up and Shredded into Space, An Interview with Candida Alvarez,

Jan 22, 2013,

2005 Ruth Lopez, Going Down? SubCity Projects elevator exhibition space comes to a halt, Time Out Chicago, May 19-26, 2005, pp. 49-50

2003 Snodgrass, Susan,“Candida Alvarez at  TBA,” Art in America, May 2003, p.154                          

1994      Debra Bricker Balken,  Candida Alvarez,  Art in America, Review, April 1994

1993 Barbara A. MacAdam, Candida Alvarez, Myth, Memory and Old Lace, Art News, Feb, pp. 67-68

1992 Holland Cotter,  Art in Review: Candida Alvarez at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York  Times, Dec 18, p. C37 

1991 Patrick Pacheco, The New Faith in Painting,” Art & Antiques, May 1991, pp. 61-62

1990 Cyphers, Peggy, "New York in Review: Candida Alvarez," Arts, February,  p. 100

Calvin Reid, Kind of Blue, Arts, February 1990, pp. 54-56

1989 Cassandra Langer,  Autobiography: In Her Own Image, Women Artists News, Vol.13, No.3, pp. 26-27

1988 Coco Fusco,  Hispanic Artists and Other Slurs, The Village Voice, August 9, p. 22

Arlene Raven, Colored, The Village Voice, May 31

1987 Michael Brenson,  Art in Review: New Visions at Soho20 Gallery,  New York Times, Jan 9

1980 Dawoud Bey,  In Search of a Vision: Edward Clark and Candida Alvarez, Uptown, The NYC Mission Society


2017 DCASE, City of Chicago, IL, Howlings-Soft Painting, 27ft x 200 ft, Latex ink on PVC mesh, at Riverwalk under Wacker Drive 

2006 MTA, Bronx Park East Station,  B is for Birds in the Bronx, Faceted glass Windscreens

1994 Percent for Art Commission, P. S. 306, NY, What do you See? Six stained glass windows within Atrium, each 6ft x 12ft


1999 International Artists’ Studio Program in Stockholm, Sweden, IASPIS 

1998 Pilchuck Glass School, Session 5, Residency

1994 Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant

1993 The Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy,  Artist  Residency 

1988 Mid-Atlantic-NEA Regional Fellowship

1986 New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship

MacDowell Colony Artist Residency

1985 The Studio Museum in Harlem, Artist Residency

1980 International Studio and Workspace Program PS 1, Contemporary Art Center,  LIC, NY (MOMA/ PS 1)


DePaul Art Museum, Chicago IL

El Museo Del Barrio, NY

The Addison Gallery of American Art , MA

The Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA

The Printmaking Workshop,  NY

The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY

The University of Delaware

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

Private Collections


1998-Present FH Sellers Professor in Painting, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


2018-Present Gavlak, Palm Beach/Los Angeles

2019-Present Monique Meloche/Chicago