Alvaro Naddeo is originally from São Paulo, Brazil, and has also lived in Lima, New York City, and currently in Los Angeles. These urban environments have shaped his memory and permeate most of his work. He is partly self-taught and partly homeschooled. His father is an illustrator, and as a kid he 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 seventeen, he remembers comparing his work to his father’s and thinking his own drawings and paintings were not good enough. He quit. He pursued a career in advertising as an Art Director, something that still allowed him to exercise his interest in art but without requiring mastery with the pencil or brush. Twenty years later, while living in New York City and being exposed to its many contrasts, his desire to pick up the brushes intensified. Now he is back to painting and this time he’s not quitting.