José Alvarado was born in Santa Monica, California and moved to Kansas at a young age. There he received his BFA in Painting and Drawing from Wichita State University and is currently pursuing his MFA at the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Artist Statement:

I am interested in the construction of perception and the forces that govern it. Even the simplest of forces can shift one’s perception of reality. As a painter, I explore the internal framework that influences my understanding and manipulation of the physical world. I am interested in patterns between the physical and metaphysical and seek out relationships between order and chaos, both in the physical world and in my own psyche.

The physical world to me is a construct. The placement of streets, sidewalks and buildings create a kind of order for humans; however, they also act against the perpetuation of nature and limit our understanding of physical exploration. This type of tension is all around us—say for example, weeds protruding out of a cracked sidewalk. Our physical framework is a reflection on how our consciousness constructs its own reality, but our feeble attempts at repressing nature’s design can result in tension. I find this tension beautiful and ripe for exploration. Similarly, during the exploration of my own psyche I noticed a conflict where a part of me is driven by intuition and the other governed by structure. The two forces coexist both internally and externally.

My present work focuses on the tensions and unity between the mechanical and biological components of both the depicted entity and the physical evolution of the work itself. In my paintings, I capture the space between these polarities and allude to processes of creation, transformation, and deconstruction. This series of work expresses my emotional journey through the understanding and discovery of biomechanics, and is influenced by science and philosophy. I’m intrigued by the dichotomy developed by the fluidity of emotion in conjunction with the rigidity of the mechanical process.

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