Born in Spain in 1945, Manel Alvarez has been creating art from a young age. After graduating from the San Juan Bosco School in Barcelona, he continued his education all over the world, exhibiting in Italy, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Iran, Mexico, Brazil, and the United States. Manel Alvarez is a classic sculptor working primarily with stone, wood, iron, and bronze. He also describes himself as an ‘eclectic sculptor’ because he uses whatever material or technique necessary to express himself or an idea. Alvarez’ wife, Linda, was born in Great Falls, MT and it is through that connection that he seeks to give back to her heritage by collaborating with several Montana museums. ‘Step by Step’ features past works as well as three newly-created sculptures inspired by Northwest Montana. One such sculpture, ‘Bison’ is also a donation to the museum, to serve as a community centerpiece for future generations to enjoy on our outdoor lawn.
From the artist:
“My intention is always to give the best of myself and try to connect with people through their history, culture and traditions so as to make my work relevant and more understandable [to them]. I have produced a collection of pieces inspired by native settlers of these lands, who make up such important nations at the time, such as the Blackfeet, Crow, and Cree. The works evoke memories of my childhood when we were excited about stories of the far West told by geniuses like John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, Howard Hawks, Raoul Walsh, and many others. My work is the result of a contemporary and personal vision.”
This exhibition is on view from June 8 – August 5, 2017.
An artist in-studio experience with Manel will be hosted Tuesday, May 23 from 6:00-7:30pm. For more information, visit the ‘workshops and classes’ section at hockadaymuseum.com