Jorge Alvarez was an accomplished artist and respected professor.
Born in Medellin, Colombia in 1953, he moved with his family to New York City as a teenager. He received his Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Painting and Drawing from the School of Visual Arts, NYC in 1976 and his Master’s of Fine Art in Painting from the New York Academy of Art, NYC in 1995. He went on to become the Studio Manager of Evergreene Painting Studios from 1996 – 1999 executing large scale wall, ceiling, and alter pieces for numerous hotels, churches, and residences throughout the country.
In 2002, Jorge became a full time professor of painting and mural studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design. With his students, he created numerous murals around the Savannah area. In acknowledgement of Jorge’s outstanding work, the college purchased two of his major oils for their permanent collection in 2006.
Jorge was a dedicated studio artist throughout his career. Though his commissioned portrait and mural work was in constant demand, he regularly completed personal series for solo and group exhibitions, including this last spring at Figureworks and Red Gallery in Savannah, GA.