Alberto Garcia-Alvarez was born in 1928 and studied painting at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de Sant Jordi at the University of Barcelona.
While teaching at institutions including the University of California at Berkeley he exhibited widely, participating in shows in Europe and the USA alongside artists including Brice Marden and Frank Stella.
Garcia-Alvarez moved to New Zealand with his wife and two sons in 1973. He taught at Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts for more than 20 years and is credited with having guided and mentored an a generation of New Zealand artists, several of whom are now household names.
At 90 years old Alberto Garcia-Alvarez walks across his garden to paint in his studio every day. He lives and works in Auckland.