LUIS ALVAREZ ROURE B. PUERTO RICO, 1976
a former attendee of the prestigious Art Students League of New York has secured his place in some of the finest collections and museums in America and Europe. His exquisite figurative paintings and portraits can be found in the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C; The European Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona, Spain; Steinway Hall, New York, N.Y. and The Federal Reserve, Washington D.C. among others.
Some of the most notable and distinguished personalities he has portrayed includes the iconic American composer Philip Glass, former Chairman of the federal Reserve Paul Volcker, MacArthur Fellow and founder of New Community Corporation Monsignor William Linder, Jazz legend Cándido Camero and Galician-American composer Octavio Vázquez Rodríguez.
As a finalist at the prestigious 2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, his work will be included in The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery from October 26, 2019 through August 30, 2020 and subsequently will travel to four museums across the country from October 2020 through February 2022. He is also a finalist at the 14th International Art Renewal Center Salon Competition. Luis has also received awards from the 20st and 21st Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition, Figurativas 2015, the 2012 Faces of Winter, hosted by the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and the 8th International Art Renewal Center Salon Competition.
He's been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, the cover of the book "Piano Lessons With Claudio Arrau", MEAM Catalog of Works, American Artist Drawing Magazine and the Art Renewal Center Catalog Raisonné. He has also been interviewed for Puerto Rico’s leading newspaper El Nuevo Día and has appeared on television in the morning segment "Visiones" for NBC News.
Luis is also an accomplished classical pianist, completing a master's degree at the City University of New York under the late Cuban-American pedagogue Germán Diez, a disciple and assistant to the renowned Chilean master Claudio Arrau. Arrau himself was a disciple of Martin Krause who studied with Franz Liszt, making Luis one of the few contemporary pianists with a direct lineage to Liszt and Beethoven. Luis is married to Maritza, with whom Luis enjoy playing four-hands and two pianos repertoire. They live in N.J. with their two children Cecilia and Pablo.