European Graduate School, Saas-Fee Switzerland (ABD, 2010-2012)

Yale University School of Art (MFA, 1997)

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (1981)

Fordham University (BA, 1977)



2017 Candida Alvarez: Here, The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

2012-13 mambomountain, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

2012 drawinggreen, Riverside Arts Center, Chicago, IL

2011 Black, Peregrine Program, Chinatown, Chicago

2003 Paradise, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA

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

1996 New/Now, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

1993 Polyptychs, June Kelly Gallery, NY; catalogue

       Candida Alvarez, Paintings: 1990-1992, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

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

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

1990 John Street Series, Galerie Schneiderei, Cologne, Germany; catalogue

1989 Paintings and Drawings, June Kelly Gallery, NY

1985 Exit Art, The First World, NY

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

        Cows and Other Things, The Cayman Gallery, NYC




2019 Repatriación, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Santurce, Puerto Rico

2018 Group Exhibition, GAVLAK, Palm Beach, FL

Out of Easy Reach, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago IL

Carry the Bend, Brennan & Griffin, New York NY

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

2016 Present Standard, curated by Edra Soto and Josue Pellot, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL

2013 Outside the Lines, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX,

2010 Hangin Together, Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Kerry James Marshall

2007 Contemporary Art Around Lake Michigan, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, curated by James Yood

2006 Black Now, Longwood Arts Project, Bronx; curated by Fred Wilson

         Bronx Bound, Lehman College Art Gallery, NYC

         TakeOver, The Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago IL

2003 Scenery, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA (July 17 – August 16)

         Splat, Boom, Pow: The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art, CAMH, Houston, TX, curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver

2000 Words-Objects-Acts, Museum of the City of Skopje, Skopje, Macedonia; catalog

1999 Choice 99, Exit Art, New York, NY

        Selected Works From the Permanent Collection, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY

        Passages: Contemporary Art in Transition, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY

1996 Community of Creativity: A Century of MacDowell Colony Artists, The Currier Gallery of Art, NH

1995 Artists Talk Back: Visual Conversations with El Museo, Reaffirming Spirituality, El Museo del Barrio, NY

1993 Contemporary Public Art in the Bronx, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

1992 Uncommon Ground; 23 Latin American Artists, The College at New Paltz Art Gallery, NY

1991 Third International Biennial of Painting, Cuenca Ecuador; catalog

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

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

1988 Introductions, The June Kelly Gallery, NY

        Treasures from the Permanent Collection 1970-1987, The Studio Museum Harlem, NY

        Autobiography, In Her Own Image, Intar Gallery, NY

1987 Masters and Pupils: The Education of the Black Artist in New York, The Jamaica Art Center, NY

1986 New Visions, Soho 20, NY

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

        Surplus, Exit Art, NY; catalogue

1984 New Sensibilities, The Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY

        Selections, The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1983 Books Alive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

        The Regentrified Jungle, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY; catalogue Curated by Joe Lewis

1982 27th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA; catalogue

1980 Art for Public Spaces: Proposals/Solutions, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

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

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

1977 Confrontation, Ambiente y Espacio, El Museo Del Barrio, NYC, Sept 9-Oct 9



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

         Lori Waxman, Candida Alvarez's work has something for everyone, Chicago Tribune, Arts + Entertainment, Section 4 pg.3

         Jason Foumberg, Candida's Coloring Book, Chicago Magazine 66, no. 5 pp.43-44

         Chris Miller, Painting A Life In Bloom, Candida Alvarez at the Chicago Cultural Center

         Elisabeth Kirsch, 21 Artists You Should Know; Kemper Museum's "Magnetic Fields Exhibition Highlights Abstractions By Women Artists of Color",

                                    KC Studio

         Anna Marevska, "Comme des Garçons Spring 2017 Men's Collection Features a Chicago Artist's Print,  FashionFiles

2016 Dan Quiles, ArtForum Critics’ Picks, Present Standard,

         Elliot Reichert, Newcity Art, Art 50 2016Chicago's Artist' Artists,

2012 Picard, Caroline, Art 21 Blog, “Center Field, Art in the Middle/Mashed up and Shredded into Space. An Interview with Candida Alvarez

         Miller, Chris, New City Arts Review, “Candida Alvarez, Riverside Arts Center,” September 2012

2010 Mizota, Sharon, ARTnews, October 2010

2007 Snodgrass, Susan, “Report From Chicago” Art In America, January 2007, pgs. 81-85

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

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

2000 Rausa, Janet. “Showcase: Passages: Contemporary Art in Transition,” Chicago Sun Times, Feb 25. Pg.39

1999 Johnson,Ken. “Art in Review, CHOICE 99,” New York Times, December 10, 1999, p. B47

1995 Cotter, Holland, “Reaffirming Spirituality,” at El Museo del Barrio,” New York Times, April 21

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

1993 MacAdam, Barbara A., “Candida Alvarez, Myth, Memory and Old Lace,” Art News, February, pgs. 67-68

1992 Cotter, Holland, “Art in Review: Candida Alvarez at the Bronx Museum of the Arts,” The NYT, Dec 18, pg. C37

        Powell, Rick, “Through Myriad Eyes,” Modern Maturity, June-July 1992, pgs. 50-54

       “Candida Alvarez: Art Feature” Review: Latin American Literature And Arts, July-Dec, pgs. 30-33

1991 Jacques,Geoffrey, “Art Review: Rewarding Rich Imagery, Candida Alvarez at the Queens Museum of Art,” New York Newsday, October 1, 1991

       Pacheco, Patrick, “The New Faith in Painting,” Art & Antiques, (May 1991, pgs. 61-62)

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

         Reid, Calvin, "Kind of Blue," Arts, (February, 1990, pgs. 54-56)

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

1988 Fusco, Coco, “Hispanic Artists and Other Slurs,” The Village Voice, (Aug. 9, pg. 22)

        Raven, Arlene, “Colored,” The Village Voice, (May 31)

       “Candida Alvarez,” Appearances, (No. 14, Pg. 25)

1987 Brenson, Michael, “Art in Review: New Visions at Soho 2o Gallery,” The New York Times, Jan. 9

1984 Jim Harris, “Two Artists Contribute to Each Others' Success,” The Mountain Eagle, Jan. 24

1983 Sims, Lowery S, Exhibition Essay, “Cows and Other Things,” The Cayman Gallery, NY

1981 Bujan, Juan, “Candida Alvarez and Nestor Otero: Two Puerto Rican Artists at the Cayman Gallery” La Voz Hispana, Dec. 8-14

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



1993 The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum Archives in association with Derriere L’Etoile Studios

1992 The S.A.F.E. Portfolio (Special Arts Fund for Emergencies) published by the Office of Manhattan

        Borough President Ruth W. Messinger in association with Edition Julie Sylvester; the portfolio also includes prints        by Brett DePalma, Colin Loy Lee, Judith Linhares, Frank  

        Moore, Lorna Simpson, Hunt Slonem, Robin Winters



1999 International Artists' Studio Program in Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden (IASPIS)

1998 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WE, Artist in Residence, Session 5, Lecturer

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

1986 The MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire

1984-85 The Studio Museum in Harlem, Artist Residency

1981 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

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



1994 Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant

1986 New York Foundation for the Arts Artists' Fellowship

1988 Mid-Atlantic-NEA Regional Fellowship



2017 Howlings - Soft Paintings, Latex in on PVC mesh, 200 ft wide, spread over 4 panels x 14-17 ft tall, Riverwalk, Michigan Avenue at Wacker Drive, Chicago IL.

         Temporary Installation until December 2017, DCase(Department of Cultural Affairs) 

2006 MTA Arts & Design

          Bronx Park East Station

          B is for Birds in the Bronx

          Faceted glass in platform windscreens

             B is for Birds in the Bronx, a series of faceted glass windscreen panels, was inspired by the birds that populate the Bronx. While they may often not be noticed, birds are present in our urban environment, filling the air with song and the sky with flight. The artist makes the birds prominent through scale and composition, placing them in the foreground but almost treating them as negative space. As the artist explains, "I wanted to subvert them by making them white, and make them invisible, large and regal. The birds in their emptiness give attention to their transparency and how they hold a space for the trees, the bushes, the snow, the branches, the wind, the sky, and the leaves to exist, like a still-life painting...where the space outside of the object, really creates the form of the object... ."      

1994 Percent for Art Commission at BD of Education--P.S. 306 –

        Six banks ofhand-blown glass windows with lead and bronze

              Located on several floors of P.S. 306 (known as P.S. 206 when the piece was commissioned), Candida Alvarez's work consists of six banks of windows containing a total of forty-eight individual glass panels. Alvarez integrated subject-matter drawn from the middle-school curriculum into the panels, including imagery taken from life science, earth science, and mathematics classes. For example, the windows on the fourth floor explore mathematical concepts and use geometric shapes to lead students to discover polygons, angles, diagonals, and various units of measure. On the third floor, the windows focus on basic human life-systems, with images that suggest the workings of the human body.



The Addison Gallery of American Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art

El Museo Del Barrio, NYC

The Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC

The Readers Digest, NYC

North General Hospital, NYC

The German Consulate, Philadelphia, PA

The Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA

The Printmaking Workshop, NYC

The University of Delaware, DE

American Telephone and Telegraph, NYC

Bellevue Hospital Center, NYC

Cumberland Hospital, Brooklyn, NY

Private Collections