The subject matter of my work is waste, overconsumption and social inequality. Trash and objects found in the street are valuable, and not only for aesthetic reasons. The brands, logos and packaging depicted in my work are objects with an inherent duality, both desirable and despicable, a clear byproduct of having worked in advertising for more than 20 years.
I am originally from São Paulo, Brazil and have also lived in Lima, New York City and currently in Los Angeles. These urban environments have shaped my memory and permeate most of my work. I am partly self-taught and partly homeschooled. My father is an illustrator, and as a kid I spent many hours drawing and watching him work. He was a constant source of inspiration and encouragement, but having an artist father also proved frustrating at times. At 17, I remember comparing my work to his and thinking my drawings and paintings were not good enough. I quit. I pursued a career in advertising as an Art Director, something that still allowed me to exercise my interest in art but without requiring mastery with the pencil or brush. 20 years later, while living in New York City and being exposed to its many contrasts, my desire to pick up the brushes intensified. Now I am back to painting and this time I’m not quitting.
2017, "Not Forgotten" Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA2017, "Discarded", Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City, CA
2017, "LAX / DTW : Detroit Hustle II", Curated by Thinksapce Gallery at Inner State Gallery, Detroit, MI
2017, "Flourish", Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum – Mesa, AZ
2016, "Model Migration", Residency Art, Inglewood, CA
2015, "Small Wonders 4", Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2015, "Murica - A Patriotic Art Show", PhilaMOCA: Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA.
2015, "Wide Open 6", Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY, juried by Rujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
2015, "Recycle", Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY, juried by Elissa Goldstone, Director of Exhibitions of the Socrates Sculpture Park,
2015, “You Art What You Eat”, Union Street Gallery, Chicago, IL, juried by Shannon Stratton
2015, “Salon Show featuring Tampa Bay Artists”, Wandering Eye, Tampa, FL.
Andy Smith. "Alvaro Naddeo’s Intricate Watercolors Examine Waste" Hi-Fructose, January 2018
Bekka Utermohlen, "Interview with Alvaro Naddeo for “Not Forgotten” Sour Harvest, September 2017
We are Ugly and Poor, June, 2017
Juxtapoz, March, 2017
Amy Lin, WideWalls, March, 2017
Maddie Amelia Lewis, March, 2017
Eduardo Vea, "Alvaro Naddeo, una pausa tras la publicidad" Yorokobu, November 24, 2016
Claire de Dobay Rifelj, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, August 04, 2016
Trip Magazine #252 March, 2016 (Brazil)
David Schonauer, Dispatches from Latin America, 03 Feb. 2016
AI-AP Latin American Ilustración 4, 2015
Studio Visit Volume Thirty, 2015
Alvaro Naddeo, "Change" Lunch Ticket, 12 Jun 2015
Lesley Frenz, “Discards” The Artsy Forager, 17 Feb. 2015
Anthony Falcon, “Eleven emerging artists you should know”, Untitled Publications, 2 Feb. 2015
Kaylin Pound, “Artist Highlights the Grittiness of NYC Streets”, Big Appled, 12 Dec. 2014
Anthony Falcon, “Interview”, Untitled Publications, 5 Dec. 2014