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Derek Alvarez has been creating art since he was 3 years old. One of his drawings was exhibited on a nation-wide tour at age 12. He earned an art scholarship to the University of Arizona, focusing on oil painting, graduating in 2004, Magna cum Laude. He began selling his oil paintings while still in college, exhibiting his work in Scottsdale, Arizona and New York City. His work can be found in several public and private collections throughout the country. Currently, he is working as a full-time artist while traveling with his wife and two sons, and shipping his artwork throughout the world.

Features & Interviews

“Derek gives a short look at how things got started and how he keeps things balanced between his career and his family. He explains how he goes about painting even though he doesn’t have the ability to pack up all of his physical supplies when he travels. Derek talks about creativity and mathematics. He describes the importance of applying creativity to his own life, not just on the canvas, but outside of it as well. Derek stresses adaptation, and how crucial it is for the survival of things.”

Adapting Art to Travel with Derek Alvarez
License to Receive Podcast – October 14, 2017

“Easily one of my favorite interviews. Derek Alvarez is a father, world traveler, and working artist. He manages to play all three roles, while having an incredible amount of fun. He’s really mastered the art of living a life and not just a career. We talk about defining success on your own terms, the importance of travel, and how to get what you want. Don’t miss it!”

Interview with Artist and World Traveler Derek Alvarez
To the Prospective Artist – October 07, 2017

“It took the hospitalization of their youngest son for Alvarez to analyze where he was going with his art. He and his wife were already self employed, doing website design, but he wanted to put a bigger emphasis on his fine art pursuits.”

Foothills artist learns to adapt, creates art with iPad
Foothills News – September 02, 2015

“This is an emotionally powerful use of cartoon and mascot imagery. I like how Alvarez leaves it up to the viewer to imagine the dialog, rather than telling us what we’re supposed to think.”

Lisa’s Picks – October 2008
UGallery – September 24, 2008

“Alvarez playfully composes but his interest lies not in overt storytelling, but rather in how an image may impart meaning to a viewer on an individual level.”

Derek Alvarez: Contemporary Narratives at Agora Gallery
Art Knowledge News – August 27, 2006

“Choosing disparate characters and styles from comic books and pop culture, Alvarez transforms their meanings by using humor to sublimate the negativity surrounding them.”

New York gallery exhibits works by Tucson artist
Tucson Citizen – August 10, 2006


“Sitting in the emergency room of Tucson Medical Center, the doctors just told us our youngest son, Grant, probably wasn’t going to make it… he was less than 3 months old and I couldn’t believe my ears. I mean, I had barely gotten to know him — how could this be?! Well, the truth is I refused to believe what the doctors told us; and my wife, her parents, and I made sure he was never alone during his week-long stay at the hospital.”

The Unexpected, Reluctant Father
The Good Men Project – July 10, 2017

“All the while there would be this nagging voice in my head. I knew I had sold out and gave up on my passion, gave up on my dreams, gave up on myself. Flash forward to April of 2015 – my wife and I now have 2 boys under 2 years old and our youngest son, Grant, fought for his life in ICU at Tucson Medical Center. It had a profound impact on me…”

How My Darkest Hour Became My Greatest Gift
Huffington Post – January 26, 2017

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