Álvaro Martínez Alonso has a Master's Degree in Fine Arts from the Polytechnic University of Valencia studying also Fine Arts at the University of the Basque Country (Bilbao 2008-09) and Time-based Art at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule (Halle, Germany 2009-10).

He has also a Degree in Art Restoration by the University of Burgos specialising in painting and sculpture (2001-05).

Based on personal experiences, the context, and the relationships he lives, Álvaro approaches close issues of an emotional nature from a social and contemporary perspective with which a wider audience can quickly identify themselves.

He usually works with documentary images and photo essays focusing on the implicit meaning that can be given to them using visual metaphors, stereotypes, and other rhetorical tools.

Álvaro usually materializes his projects in formats well known to the general audience, traditionally considered functional, and characterized by a specific aesthetic linked to non-artistic disciplines such as archiving, cataloging, cartography, or even bureaucracy.

LAB - Álvaro combines his own artistic production working also as an artist, maker, social designer, art director, cultural manager and cultural mediator with artists, local projects and social initiatives such as:
Theater Thikwa and Thikwa Werkstatt für Theater und Kunst, Freiraumlabor, Kuko-Kollectiv für Kulturökologie, Haus Bastian (Staatliche Museen Berlin), Inartdis Projekt, Berlin Mondiale am Dammweg, ExMe - Theater Expedition Metropolis, Art Cru Berlin, Floating University, Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, Ai WeiweiAStA Alice Salomon Hochschule, Terre des Femmes, Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln e.V., Galerie Barbara ThummGalerie 100 Kubik, GlogauAIR Artists In Residence, Kulturmühle Perwenitz eV, Clara Trischler, Daniel Simon Music or Midori Ceramics among others.

He is represented by 100 Kubik Gallery. Cologne.

Photo by Clara Trischler
Awards and mentions

2021 First Price. Rotlicht Festival for analog Photography. Vienna. Austria.
2015 Finalist 20º FotoPres “la Caixa”. Spain.
2013 Selected for ADACYL Archive. MUSAC. Leon. Spain.
2012 Screens Prize at the Incubarte Festival. Valencia. Spain.
2012 XII Young Artists Prize (Video Art). City of Salamanca. Spain.
2011 Valencia Crea Prize (Photography). City of Valencia. Spain.
2011 Injuve, Visual Arts Prize. Institute of Youth. Madrid. Spain
2011 Award Best graduates of the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Spain.
2011 P4 Jornada Los artistas y el sistema del arte en Castilla y León. Finalist. Patio Herreriano, Contemporary Art. Museum. Valladolid. Spain.
2010 II Call of Spanish video artists, Gallery 100 Kubik. Cologne, Germany.
2009 Sin formato Prize. Museo Patio Herreriano, of Valladolid. Spain.
2009 XXIX International Competition of small Pictures. (Museum of Elda). Alicante. Spain

Art residences, grants, scholarships and other exchange programs

2020 Artist in Residence. Bon Fire. Spain.
2020 Artist in Residence. (With Thikwa Werkstatt). Kulturmühle Perwenitz e.V. Brandenburg. Germany
2019 Artist in Residence. (With Thikwa Werkstatt). Kreative Werkstatt Lobetal. Germany
2016 CREA 2016. Grant for published works. Caja de Burgos Foundation. Spain
2016 Art as Language (Erasmus + and Asociación Berbiquí) Burgos, Spain.
2013 Grant for excellent young. Caja de Burgos and La Caixa. Burgos. Spain.
2013 Artist in Residence Dom Kultury Lomianki. Warsaw. Poland.
2013 Artist in Residence. Urban Intervention for Social Inclusion. Die Bäckerei, Innsbruck, Austria.
2012 CREA2012. Grant for artists. Caja de Burgos Foundation. Spain.
2010 Erasmus Scholarship at Burg Giebichenstein, Kunsthochschule. Halle, Germany.
2009 Seneca-Sicue Scholarship at University of Basque Country. Bilbao, Spain.

Solo Exhibitions

2020 OASE. Galerie 100Kubik. Cologne. Germany.
2017 My grandfather´s shirt... Galerie 100Kubik. Cologne. Germany.
2013 Álvaro Martínez. Ein Land im Stillstand. Galerie 100Kubik. Cologne, Germany.
2012 Un País Suspendido. Domus Artium Museum(DA2), Salamanca. Spain.
2012 En suspensión. VIVA OFF FESTIVAL. José Robles Gallery. Madrid, Spain.
2010 Am Tatort. “Stadt, Spiel, Vision”. Halle. Germany.
2009 Metáforas de ti. Espacio Tangente. Burgos. Spain (with Blanca Gallego).

Group Exhibitions (extract since 2009)

2022 What colour is the Floating. Floating University. Berlin. Germany
2022 Kiezklänge. Ida nowhere. Berlin. Germany
2022 Der objektive Blick. 100Kubik Gallery. Cologne. Germany
2021 Rotlicht Festival for analog Photography. Vienna, Austria
2021 Photoalicante International Photography Festival. Las Cigarreras. Alicante. Spain
2021 Rückblick. Editionen. 100Kubik Gallery. Cologne. Germany
2020 LAN Festival Audiovisual Obrero (Working Class Audiovisual Festival). Bilbao. Spain
2020 Zaungäste. (With Thikwa Werkstatt). Kulturmühle Perwenitz e.V. Brandenburg. Germany
2020 Blau Wild. (With Thikwa Werkstatt). Kunstwerk Blisse (Berlin) und Galerie Andererseits. Bernau (Brandenburg). Germany.
2019 Porträt oder Selfie?. 100Kubik Galerie. Cologne. Germany
2019 HEIßE WARE Projektraum Donaugang. (With Thikwa Werkstatt). Berlin. Germany
2019 Librarte, Feria del libro de artista de Castilla y León. Palacio de Castilfalé. Burgos. Spain
2017 LOST IN TRANSITION – vom Flüchtigen, Ephemeren. TU und das Atelierhaus. Darmstadt, Germany.
2017 Blicke, Gesten, Zeichen. Kunstverein Langenfeld. Langenfeld, Germany.
2016 Capitalist Melancholia. Halle14 (Spinnerei). Leipzig. Germany.
2016 The Winter´s Tale. Hans & Fritz Contemporary. Barcelona. Spain.
2016 AUCH WENN ES FLUCHT BEDEUTET… GlaurAir. Berlin. Germany.
2016 Experimental III. Kontor80. Leipzig, Germany.
2016 Poetischer Realismus. 100Kubik, Raum für spanische Kunst. Cologne, Germany.
2016 Have a safe trip. Hans & Fritz Contemporary. Barcelona. Spain.
2015 Art Un Anchored 2015. Bratislava, Slovakia - Vienna, Austria.
2015 FÖHNFEST. Die Bäckerei – Kulturbackstube. Innsbruck, Austria.
2014 SECESSION. Institut français. Berlin. Germany.
2014 ZWISCHENSPIEL. F40. Berlin. Germany.
2014 Föhnfest. Die Bäckerei. Innsbruck. Austria.
2013 VIVA. Vital International Video Art. Círculo de Bellas Artes, Tenerife. Spain.
2013 QUID PRO QUO. Instituto Cervantes. Berlin. Germany.
2013 Screens // Art’n’Video. Mr. Pink Gallery. Valencia. Spain.
2013 Post-Young Artists Biennale, Ancona. Domus Artium Museum (DA2). Salamanca. Spain.
2013 HIC ET NUNC. Instituto Cervantes. Warsaw. Poland.
2013 Muestra UNO de video arte. Universidad Latinoamericana y del Caribe. Valencia (Carabobo), Venezuela.
2013 Mediterranea 16. Young Artists Biennale. Ancona, Italy.
2012 Screens, digital video creation series. Mr. Pink Gallery. Valencia. Spain.
2012 A Lapse of Absence. GlogauAir Artist in Residence Program. Berlin. Germany.
2012 Nachtundnebel Festival. Berlin. Germany.
2012 Premios Injuve. Centro Cultural de España en Córdoba y Rosario, Argentina y en Montevideo, Uruguay.
2012 XII Certamen de Jóvenes Creadores. Domus Artium Museum (DA2). Salamanca. Spain.
2012 De la oscuridad viene la luz. Galileo Cultural Center. Madrid, Spain.
2012 Art Amen. St Michael. Cologne, Germany.
2012 Festival Incubarte. Mr.Pink Gallery. Valencia, Spain.
2012 Festival de Arte Hormonado. Bilbaoarte. Bilbao, Spain
2011 C.A.R Contemporary Art Ruhr. Essen, Germany.
2011 Art & Amen. Cologne, Germany.
2011 LaCuchara Tour, Lunchart o Morir. Valencia. Spain.
2011 Premios Injuve. Tabacalera. Madrid. Spain.
2011 Valencia Crea 2011. “Las Naves”, Centro de Creación Contemporánea. Valencia. Spain.
2011 Spanish videoart Festival. Heinrich-Heine Universität Dusseldorf; Ibero-Club Bonn, Instituto Cervantes Berlin, Instituto Cervantes Hamburg Germany.
2011 Premio para Jóvenes Artistas Climent Muncunill Roca. Museo comarcal de Manresa, Barcelona, Spain.
2010 Videoart Festival 100 Kubik. 100 Kubik Gallery. Cologne, Germany.
2010 IKASART. Bilbao. Vizcaya. Spain.
2010 Kleine Formate. 100 Kubik Gallery. Cologne, Germany.
2009 Exposición Audiovisual. BBVA Bilbao. Vizcaya. Spain.
2009 51 Edición preZINEBI. Bilbao. Vizcaya. Spain.
2009 Art Ederrak. Sala Sanz Enea. Zarautz. Guipúzcoa. Spain.
2009 Sin formato. Patio Herreriano Museum, Valladolid. Spain.

Art Works in public Collections

Contemporary Art Museum Patio Herreriano. Valladolid. Spain.
City of Salamanca. Salamanca. Spain.
Youth Council. City of Salamanca. Spain.
Ministry of Health, Social Policy and Equality (Injuve). Madrid. Spain.
Spanish Art Archive in Germany (SKAD). Cologne. Germany.
Société Européenne des Auteurs (SEUA). Paris-Berlin.