Pen & Paper: Marcos Alvarado


Marcos Alvarado is an emerging artist from Puerto Rico who has gained international recognition for his striking and balanced compositions. Growing up on the island, Alvarado was exposed to a vibrant and diverse culture that ignited his passion for art at a young age. The walls of the streets were adorned with colorful graffiti and murals that inspired him to pursue a career as an artist. Initially, he started his artistic journey with cartoons and graffiti, but he soon developed a unique style that blended elements of surrealism, realism, and cartoons.

Alvarado’s art reflects his personal and spiritual journey, exploring themes of religion, spirituality, and the afterlife. His compositions often feature religious and spiritual symbols, including angels, demons, and crosses. Additionally, he strives to find a balance between the serene and the dark, with his attention to composition, color, and symbolism creating a unique and visually pleasing experience for the viewer. Through his art, Alvarado invites his audience to contemplate and connect with his work, providing them with a glimpse into his own beliefs and emotions.

Aside from his unique style, Alvarado has also collaborated with several world-renowned artists, including Virgil Abloh and Juice Wrld. He has designed merchandise and portraits for them, showcasing his talent and versatility. Through his collaborations and solo work, Alvarado hopes to create a connection with his viewers, making them feel what he is feeling and seeing. Ultimately, he aims to inspire others to pursue their passions and connect with their own spirituality.

In our latest Pen & Paper series, we recently synced with Marcos to discuss his vision for his emerging contemporary art practice, the creative techniques he employs to elevate his compositions and what’s in store for the young artist’s future which includes an impending solo exhibition entitled ‘LUMINESCENT’ at 25 Howard Street in NYC’s SoHo neighborhood opening on May 11. Read our exclusive interview below to learn more.

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