Jaime Alvarez

Studio & Gallery

1836 Sepviva Street Philadelphia, PA 19125

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Artist's Biography

Jaime Alvarez is an artist and designer working in Philadelphia. Born in Puerto Rico, he moved to America to achieve his BFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. After graduating, Jaime spent some time living in New York where he started to show his work in Washington D.C. and New York. After two years Jaime continued his education at Cranbrook Academy of Art where he received his MFA. For the past 4 years he has been living in Philadelphia, working out of his studio in Fishtown, and showing his work in Detroit, MI, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico.

Artist's Statement

No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film. — Robert Adams

The motivation for my photography is an urge to explain and open a dialogue for whoever views it. Most of my work has a biographical feel to it, bordering on documentary side, yet with the intention that I try to show the viewer the humility of the place or person being photographed. The Polaroids are photographs that are “orphans” or that they weren’t created for a particular body of work, but they consist of pieces of my every day life and surroundings since 2002. Throughout the years I’ve been using the immediacy and the instant quality of Polaroids as notes or ideas that I keep in a sketch book. Until recently I had enough to put together a series that has a similar feel and look to it.

Selected Exhibitions


One/12, Latin American Cultural Space, Washington, DC


Taking the Measure: works by Jaime Alvarez and Ryan Widger, Yo Darkroom, Philadelphia, PA

Challenging Displacement: works by Jaime Alvarez and Vale Bruck, Red Eye Gallery, Providence, RI


Killing Time, Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

POST Preview, Freemans Auction House, Philadelphia, PA

From the Studio III: Original artwork by POST artist, Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA
Juror: Lia Gangitano

Tales From a Dark Alley: Obscure Works of Art, 3rd Rail Studio,
Cranbrook Academy of Art, New Rochelle, NY

Degree Show, Cranbrook Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Exchange show, Community Arts Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Cul-de-sac, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Post Summer Show, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Photography Institute Fellowship group show, Leroy Nieman Gallery, New York, NY

Slow Artist Event’s, Slow Gallery, Detroit, MI

Cranbrook Video Fest ’04, Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Focus Group, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Up and Coming: Small Works by Emerging Artists, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY

Eleven Bulls: NYCinDC, Decatur Blue Gallery, Washington, DC

Eleven Bulls: 15 Artists, Project Green Space, Brooklyn, NY

Photography Senior Show, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI

Iche’s Gallery, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

Awards and Honors

Fellowship recipient, The Photography Institute, New York, NY


“Close to Home,” The Bruise Magazine

“Time,” File Magazine, June 2006

Issue #11, Mooncruise.com, January 2005

“Made Here,” Cranbrook Academy of Art Grad Book, May 2005

Visionaire Publication, World, Issue #41, November 2003

Issue #13, Eleven Bulls online zine, July 2002


Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
MFA, Photography

2001 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
BFA, Photography