Style: Modern , Impressionism
Background: She was born to a prominent Spanish family who lived on the island of Oahu, Hawaii on November 28, 1891.
Education: Alvarez demonstrated artistic talent at a young age and 1915 enrolled in a Los Angeles art school, where she enjoyed immediate success. She painted a large mural for the Panama- California Exposition, San Diego, for which she won a Gold Medal. Alvarez attended William Cahill’s School for Illustration and Painting in Los Angeles and drew a charcoal portrait of a woman in profile used by the School for its catalog cover.
Achievements: In the 1920s and 30s, her works were heavily influenced by the Synchromist Movement’s Stanton MacDonald-Wright and Morgan Russell, who would remain her teacher for over 20 years. These early paintings based on her interest in Symbolism, Art Nouveau and Impressionaism. In 1922 she became a member of the Group of Eight.at Alvarez used to express herself was green which to her represented joy, love, hope, youth and mirth. These colors were played out on a stage of canvasses in the forms of universal ideals and archetypes: the child, the innocent maiden, the temptress, the faithful wife, the spiritual seeker, the earthbound spirit in limbo, and the liberated spirit that has transcended Earth’s constraints.
Alvarez painted into her sixties and seventies.Her works included Impressionism, as well as to figure, still-life, and portrait painting. Her late pieces are focused on religious and symbolic themes.
The later years of her life were spent in a retirement apartment and then in a nursing home. She died on March 13, 1985, at the age of ninety-three in Los Angeles.