“I feel lucky to live and work as an artist. I am interested in sustaining a balance between introspective images and projects that include the communities I live in. I am challenged and driven to create works that reflect my passion to find a personal voice in an ocean of perspectives.
My artwork comments and questions contemporary politics and events through the lens of my ever shifting cultural background. I identify as a migrant, Latinx, Chicano, American, and an Indigenous working class person.
I create images from my experience while researching sites and the stories that accompany them. I am inspired by my creative community of makers and thinkers.
I feel responsible for the earth and the situations we are found in and feel beckoned to adjust the unjust through projects that look to find discourse in sincerity, hope and happiness. These inquiries pinpoint influencing factors in which one can observe as inconsistencies in the social stratus and use them as a point of departure in investigating the possibility of social change.”
Fred Alvarado was born in Chicago, IL, grew up in Long Beach, CA., and received his Undergraduate Degree at the San Francisco Art Institute. He completed his Graduate Degree in San Francisco at the California College of the Arts, with an emphasis in Social Practices. Fred also works for the Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center as a muralist in S.F.’s Mission District. He also is a resident artist at Verde K-8 in Richmond, California. Most recently Alvarado received a grant from the city of Oakland’s cultural funding program and the California Arts Council Impact award to create a recipe book and cooking videos with senior citizens in the Fruitvale District.