"I am interested in finding images that question the reality , images that answer different ideological and social points of view, images that provoke questions the search of mystery, the poetry and the symbols in our ordinary life are my main motivation to take photos. In my projects I use the documentary model to make a conceptual background which creates consequently,a one- of- a kind and personal point of view in all those issues which I deal with. Photography is a tool to explore and understand our world better.."
Álvaro Calvo López - Spain, Huesca 1980.
Currently he lives and works in Huesca (Spain) combining his freelance work to several mass media companies and institutions with his own personal projects. His photos are published in the main Spanish mass media such as; El País , El Mundo, and La Vanguardia. In 2015 he was the winner of the international competition Emerging Talent Award 2015 of Lensculture with his workUnanswered and in 2016 he was nominated to European prestigious Useen Talent Award. In 2013 and 2015 he was also a finalist in Photoespaña Discoveries. He has been given The Antonio Saura´s grant in 2015 that is awarded by the council of Huesca for the formation of new artists which allowed him to develop his Photoespaña Master. He has also developed different artistic projects apart from being awarded with the photography’s grant of the Santa Maria de Albarracín foundation, Spain. He carries out workshops and seminars with relevant figures such as; Javier Vallhonrat, Jem Southam , Sergio Mah and Thomas Dworzak among many others. His work is included in the book: Thirty Contemporary photographers From Today, published by La Fabrica Editorial, Spain in 2015, Lensculture Emerging Talents 2015 book and also in the collections of Alliance Francaise in Spain and the provincial council of Huesca, Spain. In 2015 he had several exhibitions where it should be pointed out that he participated in two collective exhibitions in Photoespaña`s festival and in the exhibition of Emerging Talents Awards in the Camera Work Gallery in San Francisco, USA and Contact 2016, International Photography Festival in Toronto.
2016 Nominated to European ING Unseen Talent Award.
2016 Exhibition Contest Winner at Espacio 55, Valencia, Spain.
2015 LensCulture International Emerging Talent Awards Winner.
2015 PhotoEspaña Master´s degree.
2015 Finalist of the contest "Discoveries Photoespaña".
2015 Alliance Française / Pilar Citoler Foundation International Photo Contest Finalist.
2015 Samsung Photo Contest Madrid 24h Finalist.
2014 Santa María de Albarracín´s Photograhy Grant.
2014 Antonio Saura´s Photography Grant .
2013 Finalist of the contest "Discoveries Photoespaña".
2008 Roberto Villagraz´s grant International Photography Finalist.
2004-2007 Graduated at Huesca Art School, Higher studies in Photography.
SOLO EXHIBITION (SELECTION)
2016 Unanswered. CONTACT International Photography Festival, Toronto, Canada.
2015 Unanswered. DPH Huesca, Spain.
2008 Esclavos. CAI Gallery Huesca, Spain.
GROUP EXHIBITION (SELECTION)
2016 No Words. Art Gallery BAT Alberto Cornejo, Madrid. Off Selection PhotoEspaña.
2015 Emerging Talent Exhibition. CameraWork Gallery San Francisco, EEUU.
2015 Instante Continuo. Anabel Segura Center, Alcobendas, Spain. Official Selection PhotoEspaña.
2015 Sin Fronteras. Alliance Française in Madrid. Photoespaña guest host.
2015 Samsung Madrid 24h. Centro Centro Cibeles, Madrid, Spain.
2008 Cafe du flore. Young art Exhibition, Council Gallery of Zaragoza, Spain.
2007 Paris mon Amour. VI FAIM Independant Art fair. Madrid, Spain.
2006 Paris mon Amour. International Art fair of Agrigento. Sicilia, Italy.
2016 Lensculture Emerging Talent Anuary.
2015 Contemporáneos. Treinta Fotógrafos de Hoy. La Fábrica Editorial. ISBN : 978–84–16248–20–9