Alberto Alvarez

Mouth Artist


Alberto Alvarez


Born on 1 May 1959 in Mendoza, Alberto Alvarez suffers from physical paralysis due to cerebral palsy from birth. That is why already at the early age of sixteen he started painting with his mouth. His attempts were immediately crowned by success. One year later he organized his first exhibition and again it was only one year later that he received his first award, the A.L.P.I state prize, for his outstanding work. He taught himself how to paint with the mouth and has made rapid and considerable progress in the field of oil and painting. At a young age, he already had a great number of solo and group exhibitions through which his works became known to the public both in Argentina and internationally. He travels untiringly all over the world organizing exhibitions, giving demonstrations of his ability to paint and showing videos of painters without hands with great success.

Alberto Alvarez also feels he has a vocation for languages and therefore he completed his translation studies in English and German. Alberto Alvarez has attended courses in the Far Eastern painting technique “Sumi-E” and in Japan, “graphite and ink” style. Moreover, he has learned various techniques of painting on porcelain. Alvarez has taken part in various seminars to perfect his skills, including his watercolour technique. Over the years he has been awarded several prizes for his work. For example, on the occasion of an exhibition in the art gallery of the Casa Rosada, the seat of the Argentine government, President Dr Carlos Saúl Menem awarded him a prize.