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RF. Alvarez - D E S E O opening event at Nannie Inez



Please join us on Tuesday, May 7th from 5-7pm at Nannie Inez for the Opening Reception for Deseo, the new series from Austin-based artist RF. Alvarez. 

Kindly RSVP at the link below.


Last February I stumbled upon Robert's work via social media and loved it immediately. Then when I learned that Robert is based in Austin, I couldn't believe the luck! Working with Robert over the last few months to develop D E S E O has been an absolute pleasure. I am beyond excited to share with you the collection he created for Nannie Inez but I have to tell you, the best part of developing this show was getting to know Robert. He is incredibly kind and gracious. He has been beyond professional and hardworking throughout this entire process. I can't speak highly enough about him. I hope you enjoy his work and have the opportunity to meet Robert at our event on Tuesday.

Thank you for your support,
Deeyn Rhodes



Artist Statement

My work has had a growing archeological aspect to it: I study and reference forms from Antiquity, Ancient Mesoamerican civilizations and Renaissance painting to carve out a visual language that blends these heritages and imbues them with an iconographic modernity. I’m trying to find, through the blending, a sort of human thread. And the subject I explore in this series I see as one of the most basic of humanity: desire.

This series is about longing. How does it wear on the body? How does the longing body relate to its surroundings? In many ways desire is a conversation one has with oneself, it’s a wrestle with your own physicality. It’s an aching magnetism. at’s the focus of these works – not lovers intwined, not sexual acts outright – but the way desire is a wish and the way it colors the world around us.






About the Artist

RF. Alvarez is a visual artist based in Austin, Texas. Using disparate historical references, his work develops motifs and compositions that address issues of identity, culture and human commonality. His arrangements reflect a growing catalogue of ideals — pride, comfort, and safety, among others — that ambivalently call on iconography as a means of mapping or documenting experience.



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