b. 1955 

Lives and works in Baroda, MI and Chicago, IL 




2010-11 Communications Media, European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland

1995-97 MFA in Painting and Printmaking, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

1981 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME

1973-77 BA Studio Art/ Liberal Arts, Fordham University, Lincoln Center, New York, NY 




2021 Palimpsest, GAVLAK Los Angeles, CA
2020 Estoy Bien, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL
2019 DeColores, GAVLAK, Palm Beach, FL
2017 Candida Alvarez: Here, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
2012 Mambomountain, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
2003 Paradise, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2002 I Will Always Remember You, TBA Exhibition Space, Chicago, IL
1996 Candida Alvarez: New/Now, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT

1993 Polyptychs, June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY

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

1989 Candida Alvarez Paintings and Drawings, June Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
1985 Ringside Gallery: Candida Alvarez, Exit Art, New York, NY
1983 The Hybrid Series, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT 

          Cows and Other Things, The Cayman Gallery, New York, NY 




2021 In the Eye of the Storm, Z33, Hasselt, Belgium

LatinXAmerican, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL

LatinXAbstract, BRIC House, Brooklyn, NY 

2020 Drawing 2020, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY

Anarquia y dialéctico en el deseo, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Juan, Puerto Rico
A Very Anxious Feeling: 20 years of Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA
The Long Dream, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago! Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Estamos Bien- LA TRIENAL 20/21, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY 

Nasty Women, GAVLAK, Los Angeles, CA

2019 Inaugural Exhibition, GAVLAK, Los Angeles, CA

2018 Out of Easy Reach, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL

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

2003 Splat, Boom, Pow: The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX

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

1999 Choice 99, Exit Art, New York, NY

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

1991 Third International Biennial of Painting, Cuenca, Ecuador

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

1988 Autobiography, In Her Own Image, Intar Gallery, New York, NY 

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

1986 New Visions, Soho 20, New York, NY

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

Surplus, Exit Art, New York, NY

1983 The Re-gentrified Jungle, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

1980 International Studio and Workspace Program, P. S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY

1979 Recollections: Candida Alvarez/ Vincent Smith, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY 1977 Confrontation, Ambiente y Espacio, El Museo Del Barrio, New York, NY 




2021 Helen Frankenthaler Award for Painting; Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, NY

William Bronson Mitchell & Grace Slovet Mitchell Enhancement Fund, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL

2019 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, New York, NY

1999 International Artists’ Studio Program, (IASPIS), Artist Residency, Stockholm, Sweden

1998 Pilchuck Glass School, Session 5, Artist Residency, Stanwood, WA

1994 Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY

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

1988 Mid-Atlantic-NEA Regional Fellowship, Baltimore, MD

1986 New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship, New York, NY 

  MacDowell Colony, Artist Residency, Peterborough, NH

1985 The Studio Museum in Harlem, Artist Residency, New York, NY
1980 International Studio and Workspace Program PS 1, Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY  (Renamed: MOMA/ PS1) 




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




DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL
El Museo Del Barrio, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
The Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA The Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA
The Printmaking Workshop, New York, NY
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
The University of Delaware, Newark, DE
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY The Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL
Private Collections 




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

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, Bronx, NY 



2021 Mac Adam, Alfred, Estamos Bien: La Trienal 20/21, The Brooklyn Rail. April, 2021

Colón, Beatriz. At El Museo Del Barrio Triennial, Five Latinx Painters to Watch, Cultured Magazine, June, 2021
Martinez, Nicole. 10 Latin American Artists to Watch at El Museo del Barrio’s Triennial. Artsy, May, 2021 

Raez Falco, Constanza. Estamos Bien, Flaunt Magazine, March 2021
Passy, Charles. El Museo del Barrio Hosts First Triennial Exhibition. The Wall Street Journal, March 2021 

2020 Leahy, Brian, Candida Alvarez at Monique Meloche Gallery, ARTFORUM May/June, 2020 

H. Bui, Phong, CANDIDA ALVAREZ with Phong H. Bui, The Brooklyn Rail. March, 2020 

Candida Alvarez: Here. A Visual Reader, published by Green Lantern Press.

Vickery, Morgan, Q & A with Candida Alvarez, Flaunt Magazine, April 2020 

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, 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 Peggy Cyphers, 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.