About the Artist
Lea Alvarado (b.2001) is an Austin-based artist, who displays the interconnection between philosophy, interpersonal relationships, cultural and non-cultural identity themes within her work. Together with socio-political issues and ideology, Lea attacks should's and should not's. Alvarado is a self-taught artist who began her journey at 5 years old. Drawing still lifes as well as characters from her school workbook. Recently she has been named a prodigy in her childhood home of Queretaro, Mexico. She moved to Austin Texas when she was 12 years old in 2013 for educational purposes. She has won multiple awards including the YAM State Capitol Exhibit, as well as the Governor’s Gallery at the age of 14, becoming the first in her school’s history to accomplish this. She then went on to win many other awards, including the Cindy Aldy Smith Award for work displayed at the 45th Annual Art Exhibition for Austin Community College.
"My work critiques everyday things, the world, or systems. I question a lot of people’s beliefs, and motives. I tend to deconstruct arguments or ideas, allowing me to understand what I’m surrounded by. Notions of right or wrong, tradition, and lack of change; I want to portray that there is right and wrong in everything, that taking generalizations or rules and applying them as an absolute truth should be seen as a lack of practical wisdom. I feel like you can see the tendencies of deconstruction within my work. Originally, when I was developing my style, it was influenced by the lines my pencil made. How a whole drawing is just lines. Ultimately, the deconstruction of systems, beliefs, and at times, motives, are just ideas, people, and speech."