Alvaro Naddeo is a talented self-taught Brazilian artist and painter from São Paulo who’s currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Alvaro started to move around at 30 years old, he has lived in Lima, Tampa and New York City. “These urban environments have shaped my memory and permeate most of my work,” he says. As a kid, he spent hours drawing and watching his father, who was also an illustrator. At 17, he remembers comparing his work to his dad and thinking that his drawings and paintings were not good enough. “My father is an illustrator, and as a kid I spent many hours drawing and watching him work,” he notes.
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.
Instead of art, Alvaro Naddeo pursued a career in advertising, working as an art director. “This allowed me to exercise my interest in art, but without requiring mastery with the pencil or brush,” he explained. “Twenty 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.”