Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.)
Florida-based Venezuelan artist Jose Alvarez, who was born Deyvi Orangel Peña Arteaga (D.O.P.A.), created the images featured in this sumptuous video. His other works include collaged paintings, circular assemblages, and digital wallpaper. These brightly colored works often employ exotic materials such as porcupine quills, feathers, mica, sequins, and mineral crystals, and are inspired by a wide range of sources including diverse scientific theories, anthropological research, and visionary ritual practice.
The artist overcomes the limitations imposed by working on paper, canvas, or panel by creating videos that animate his static wall works, testing the physical boundaries of art and pushing his imagery into new directions. Altered States, another video animation, and We Came From the Stars, a large, multi-panel work, both from 2011, are included in the exhibition, Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting, on view June 11 through August 17.
Born in 1961, Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.) studied at the School of Visual Arts, New York, during the 1990s. For the past decade he has shown paintings, collages, videos, and installations. In 2002 his art was included in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Biennial exhibition, and in 2007 in a solo exhibition at the Kitchen, both in New York. In 2012, he covered the lobby walls of the Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach, Florida, with his digital wallpaper.
Photograph by Warren Flagler.
Image credit: Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.), Cosmic Geometry (the Ayahuasca Dream Remix), 2008. Color Blu-ray video still with sound by Nelson Hallenquist, 6 min. 10 sec. Edition of 3. Courtesy of the artist and Gavlak Gallery.