ANDRIUS ALVAREZ-BACKUS (he/him; b. Warwick, NY) is an interdisciplinary artist working across sculpture, painting, and assemblage. His practice explores the intersection of queer and Filipinx histories, and how the semiotics of materials operate in both pre- and post-colonial contexts. He is concerned with the relationship between beauty and abjection: locating where ornament becomes bodily, where bodies become ornamental, and where desire and disgust coexist.
He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (2023), and is currently pursuing his Master of Fine Arts at Columbia University School for the Arts (expected 2025). His work has been shown internationally in group shows at the Fitchburg Art Museum, Black Brick Project, the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Page-Waterman Gallery, the Parish Center for the Arts, Fundación Maceta, and Post Office Gallery, among others. His first museum solo exhibition, "Desastre!," was on view at the Fitchburg Art Museum from June through August 2023, where his work is also included in the permanent collection. Recent honors include the Richard Lewis Bloch Memorial Prize, the Martin A. Rothenberg Travel Fellowship, and the Quinta Carolina Scholarship.
Alvarez-Backus currently serves as the Design & Marketing Manager at Queer|Art, the New York City-based nonprofit empowering LGBTQ+ artists across generations and disciplines.
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