Michael Alvarez is an artist with a very specific and special skill: the ability to make a viewer uncomfortable through the gritty realism of his work.
The Los Angeles-based artist is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His body of work shows an artist unafraid of diversity. Michael Alvarez's portfolio contains work that can be classified as depressing as well as work that is celebratory. One of his paintings features a scared young victim of bullying as she is glared at by her tormentors, while another features a big bro-out moment as four male friends pose for a prom photo. Still another piece features a party at club populated by heavily tattooed men who are muscular and shirtless. Each painting deftly tells a story without being overbearing or too over the top.
Michael Alvarez's work has been exhibited all over the West Coast, and his style is so distinct that we can only expect to see more from him as he grows in the art world.