ABOUT

Bio

Born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. Oskar Alvarado is a visual artist currently living in Barcelona. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at Basque Country University (UPV), a MA on Curatorial and Cultural Practices in Art and New Media at Higher School of Design (ESDI) in Barcelona and a Graduate Diploma in Management, Preservation and Dissemination of Photographic Archives at Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona (UAB).

In his work, he creates visual worlds where people appear to interact in intimate spaces. In bounded territories to explore our identity. Places to show our fragility. The permanent duality in which we live: the conflict between what we appear to be and our true selves. He put the focus on the moment that consciousness and unconsciousness are found, where reality and fiction blur the border and coexist in the mind in a recreation of two parallel worlds that make up our essence. His motivation is to continue exploring new emotional landscapes. Stagings of the strangeness, of the everyday life dramas hidden in suburban existence.


Awards & Mentions
/ Selection

2021
Festival Images Gibellina. Gibellina, Sicily – Winner
OpenWalls Arles. British Journal of Photography & Galerie Huit Arles, France – Winner
Flow Photofest. Highlands and Islands, Scotland – Winning Image
Lucie Foundation Fine Art Scholarship. Los Angeles, USA – Honorable Mention
Santiago Castelo International Photography Award. Unesco Extremadura Center. Cáceres, Spain – Honorable Mention
Life Framer Photography Award, Night Life judged by Christophe Jacrot. London, UK – Honorable Mention
Belfast Photo Festival. Belfast, Northern Ireland – Highly Commended Artist
BFoto Festival. Barbastro, Spain – Selected
Fotonoviembre Atlántica Colectivas. Tenerife, Spain – Selected
Chambre 07 Festival International de Photographie. Aubenas, France – Selected
Foto Arica Festival Internacional de Fotografía. Arica, Chile – Selected
Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award. Tbilisi, Georgia – Shortlisted

2020
Helsinki Photo Festival. Helsinki, Finland – Winner
Art Photo Bcn. Barcelona, Spain – Winner
OpenWalls Arles. British Journal of Photography & Galerie Huit Arles, France – Winner 
Helsinki Photo Festival. Portfolio RewiewsHelsinki, Finland – Winner
Life Framer Photography Award. Night Life judged by Todd Hido. London, UK – Honorable Mention
Restart. Lithuanian Photographers Association. Vilnius, Lithuania – Finalist
Head On Photo Awards. Australia – Semi-Finalist
Verzasca Foto Festival. Sonogno, Verzasca Valley. Switzerland – Selected
Emergentes – Prémio Internacional de Fotografia Encontros da Imagem. Braga, Portugal – Selected

2019
PHotoESPAÑA. Discoveries PHE19. Madrid, Spain – Selected
IMAGO Lisboa Photo Festival. Lisbon Meeting Point Photofolio Review. Lisbon, Portugal – 20 best portfolios
BIPA, Barcelona International Photography Award. Best 50 photographers – Finalist
Lucie Foundation Chromalux X Fine Art Scholarship. Los Angeles, USA – Shortlisted
Gomma Photography Grant – Shortlisted
Les Boutographies. Montpellier, France – Shortlisted
Athens Photo Festival. Athens, Greece – Shortlisted
Belfast Photo Festival. Belfast, Northern Ireland – Shortlisted
Life Framer Photography Award, Night life. London, UK – Editor’s pick

2018
Helsinki Photo Festival
. Helsinki, Finland – Winner
Tokio International Foto Awards. Tokio, Japan – Gold Winner and Honorable Mention
IPA International Photography Awards. Los Angeles, USA – 2nd Place Winner
Solar Foto Festival. Fortaleza, Brazil – Selected

2017
Burn Emerging Photographer Fund, Burn Magazine. USA – Shortlisted

2016
Addis Foto Fest. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Selected
Athens Photo Festival. Athens, Greece – Shortlisted

2014
Voies Off Awards. Arles, France – Selected


Solo exhibitions

2021
Where Fireflies UnfoldBFoto Festival. Sala Francisco Goya, UNED. Barbastro, Spain

2020
Where Fireflies UnfoldPHOTO IS:RAEL International Photography Festival. Kikar Hamedina, Tel-Aviv. Israel

2016
Insomnia. La Grey, Space for Contemporary Creation. SCAN Tarragona 2016, International Photography Festival. Spain


Group exhibitions
/ Selection

2022
Where Fireflies Unfold. Fondazione Istituto di Alta Cultura Orestiadi Onlus. Gibellina, Sicily (summer 2022)

2021
Where Fireflies Unfold. Fotonoviembre Atlántica Colectivas – COAC Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos. Tenerife, Spain (29 oct – 19 dic)
Where Fireflies Unfold. Santiago Castelo International Photography Award. Sala Pintores. Cáceres, Spain
Where Fireflies Unfold. Flow Photofest. Highland Print Studio. Inverness, Scotland
Where Fireflies Unfold. OpenWalls Arles 2021. Galerie Huit Arles. France
Where Fireflies Unfold (Projection). Festival Images Gibellina. Palazzo di Lorenzo. Gibellina, Sicily
Insomnia. Chambre 07. Centre Le Bournot. Aubenas, France
Insomnia. Foto Arica Festival Internacional de Fotografía. Fundación Casa Yanulaque. Arica, Chile.
Insomnia. Mass Isolation Finland. Veteli Art Manor. Veteli. Finland
Insomnia. Mass Isolation Finland. Nykyaika Photographic Center. Tampere. Finland
Insomnia. Mass Isolation Finland. Northern Photographic Centre. Oulu. Finland
Insomnia. Mass Isolation Finland. Galleria Ratamo. Jyväskylä. Finland

2020
Where Fireflies Unfold. Verzasca Foto Festival. Of men and woods. Sonogno, Verzasca Valley. Switzerland
Where Fireflies Unfold. OpenWalls Arles. Galerie Huit Arles. France
Where Fireflies Unfold. Helsinki Photo Festival. Trust, National Museum and Korjaamo. Helsinki, Finland
Where Fireflies Unfold. Prospectus Gallery, Restart. Vilnius, Lithuania
Where Fireflies Unfold (Projection). Agora Gallery. New York, USA.

2019
Where Fireflies Unfold (Projection). BIPA Best 50th photographers, Valid Foto Gallery. Barcelona, Spain

2018
Insomnia. PH21 Gallery, Nocturnal. Budapest, Hungary
Insomnia. Helsinki Photo Festival. LoveGalleria Futura and Kellohalli. Helsinki, Finland
Insomnia (Projection). Solar Foto Festival, Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura. Fortaleza, Brazil

2016
Insomnia. Addis Foto Fest. Sheraton Addis H. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2014
Insomnia (Projection). Voies Off Awards, Archbishop’s Palace court-yard. Arles, France


Publications / Catalogues

2021
Insomnia. @mass isolation projectfi. Finland

2020
Where Fireflies UnfoldRestart. Lithuanian Photographers Association. Vilna, Lituania


Media

Where Fireflies Unfold. Interview, Art Photo Bcn
Where Fireflies UnfoldPHMuseum Featured Project
Where Fireflies Unfold. LIFE FRAMER Collection
Where Fireflies Unfold. 100 HUNDRED PHOTOGRAPHIZE ANUAL BOOK Best Selected 2020 
Where Fireflies Unfold. Top 250 PHMuseum Stories of 2020
Where Fireflies Unfold. DER GREIF, Guest Room. «Your Truth» an online exhibition curated by Sara Hemming
Where Fireflies Unfold. BURN MAGAZINE 
Mimetic. PHOTO-LETTER
Insomnia. LIFE FRAMER, Night life Editor’s Pick
Lucernario. DER GREIF, Guest Room. «Post HomoSapiens» an online exhibition curated by Mónica Allende


Collections

Consorcio Universitario UNED Barbastro