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BIO

Born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. Oskar Alvarado is a visual artist currently living in Barcelona. He holds 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).

His photographic work has been exhibited at the Instituto Cervantes in Belgrade (Serbia), National Museum of Helsinki (Finland), Fotonoviembre Atlántica Colectivas (Spain), Photo Is:rael (Israel), Archivo Histórico Provincial de Cáceres (Spain), Verzasca Foto Festival (Switzerland), Addis Foto Fest (Ethiopia), Solar Foto Festival (Brazil), BFoto Festival (Spain), Angkor Photo Festival or Voies Off Awards (France) among others.

At the same time, his work has been recognized in awards such as Sarajevo Photography Festival, Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award, Gomma Photography Grant, Photometria International Photography Festival, The Prefix Prize, Photo Collective Stories, Festival Images Gibellina, OpenWalls Arles, Flow Photofest, Lucie Foundation Fine Art Scholarship, Santiago Castelo International Photography Award, Life Framer Photography Award, Helsinki Photo Festival, Art Photo Bcn or Restart Lithuanian Photographers Association.


AWARDS

2023
Parallel Voices
. Photometria International Photography Festival. Ioannina, Greece – Winner
Gomma Photography Grant
. London, United Kingdom – Honorable Mention
The Prefix Prize. Toronto, Canada – Honorable Mention
Kursala 100. University of Cadiz, Spain – Finalist
Santiago Castelo International Photography Award. Unesco Extremadura Center. Cáceres, Spain – Finalist
Angkor Photo Festival. Siem Reap, Cambodia – Selected
Urbanautica Institute Awards. Asolo, Italy – Shortlisted

2022
Sarajevo Photography Festival
. Sarajevo, Bosnia i Herzegovina – 1st Place Documentary and Grand Prix Winner
Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award
. Tbilisi, Georgia – Best Conceptual Series Winner
Photo Collective Stories. Melbourne, Australia – Finalist
Solar Foto Festival. Fortaleza, Brazil – Selected
Belfast Photo Festival. Belfast, Northern Ireland – Highly Commended Artist

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, United Kingdom – 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, United Kingdom – 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 – Finalist
Gomma Photography Grant. London, United Kingdom – 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, United Kingdom – 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

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

2014
Voies Off Awards. Arles, France – Selected


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023
Where Fireflies Unfold
.  Belgrade Photo Month. Instituto Cervantes. Belgrade, Serbia
In collaboration with the Embassy of Spain in Belgrade

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

2020
Where Fireflies Unfold.  PHOTO IS:RAEL International Photography Festival. Kikar Hamedina, Tel-Aviv. Israel
In collaboration with the Embassy of Spain in Israel

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


GROUP EXHIBITIONS
/ Selection

2023
Where Fireflies Unfold
. Parallel Voices. Photometria International Photography Festival. Pyrsinellas Mansion– Municipal Regional Theater. Ioannina, Greece
Where Fireflies Unfold.  VII Santiago Castelo International Photography Award. Archivo Histórico Provincial. Cáceres, Spain
Where Fireflies Unfold
. Festival Gibellina PhotoRoad. Fondazione Orestiadi. Gibellina, Sicily 
Where Fireflies Unfold. Cáceres Abierto, Contemporary Art Biennial. Archivo Histórico Provincial. Cáceres, Spain
Where Fireflies Unfold  (Interactive installation). Der Greif. Past & Present. Pinakothek der Moderne and ZIRKA. Múnich, Germany
Where Fireflies Unfold  (Projection). Angkor Photo Festival. Chocolate Garden. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Lucernario.  Out From The Mist. Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery. Mandurah, Australia

2022
Where Fireflies Unfold  
(Projection). Solar Foto Festival. Complex Cultural Estação das Artes. Fortaleza, Brazil
Where Fireflies Unfold  
(Projection). FORMAT International Photography Festival. QUAD’s Resource Area. Derby, United Kingdom
Where Fireflies Unfold.  Sarajevo Photography Festival. Galerija Muzeja USK. Bihać, Bosnia i Herzegovina
Where Fireflies Unfold
.  Sarajevo Photography Festival. JU Dom Kulture Edhem MulabdicMaglaj, Bosnia i Herzegovina
Where Fireflies Unfold.  Sarajevo Photography Festival. JU KSC Kakanj. Kakanj, Bosnia i Herzegovina
Where Fireflies Unfold.  
Sarajevo Photography Festival. Sarajevo City Hall. Bosnia i Herzegovina
Where Fireflies Unfold  (Projection). Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award. Former. Tbilisi, Georgia
Where Fireflies Unfold.  V Santiago Castelo International Photography Award. Fábrica da Criatividade. Castelo Branco, Portugal
Where Fireflies Unfold.  V Santiago Castelo International Photography Award. Galería Municipal. Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal
Where Fireflies Unfold.  XXXVI Certamen Artístico Villa de Amurrio. Sala de exposiciones municipal La Casona. Amurrio, Spain
Insomnia.  Limited Edition Helsinki Photo Festival. Marski Gallery by Scandic Hotel. Helsinki, Finland
Lucernario.  Out From The Mist. 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space. Gold Coast, Australia

2021
Where Fireflies Unfold.  Fotonoviembre Atlántica Colectivas – COAC Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos. Tenerife, Spain
Where Fireflies Unfold.  V Santiago Castelo International Photography Award. Sala Pintores. Cáceres, Spain
Where Fireflies Unfold.  Flow Photofest. Highland Print Studio. Inverness, United Kingdom
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. National Museum and Korjaamo. Helsinki, Finland
Where Fireflies Unfold.  Prospectus Gallery, Restart. Vilnius, Lithuania

2019
Where Fireflies Unfold  (Projection). BIPA Best 50th photographers, Valid Foto Gallery. Barcelona, Spain
Insomnia.  Out From The Mist. Brisbane City Hall, Australia

2018
Insomnia.  PH21 Gallery, Nocturnal. Budapest, Hungary
Insomnia.  Helsinki Photo Festival.  Galleria 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


RESIDENCES

Arteleku Creation Center. San Sebastián, Spain


TALKS

2024
TOMAINA 3rd International Colloquium. The new generation of image creators. UNAM Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


COLLECTIONS

Fondazione Orestiadi. Gibellina, Sicily
Consorcio Universitario UNED. Barbastro, Spain


PUBLICATIONS

2024
El País
. Opinion Section: Exhibition.

2023
Fotonoviembre 2021. TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes. Tenerife, Spain. ISBN 978-84-124928-3-5
VII Premio Internacional de Fotografía Santiago Castelo 2023. Centro Unesco de Extremadura. ISBN 978-84-124702-3-9

2022
Stories Anual 2022
. Photo Collective. Melbourne, Australia

2021
V Premio Internacional de Fotografía Santiago Castelo 2021. Centro Unesco de Extremadura. ISBN 978-84-124702-0-8
#mass isolation projectfi. K.H. Renlundin museo – The Centre for Creative Photography – Northern Photographic Centre. ISBN 978-952-68208-1-1

2020
Restart. Lithuanian Photographers Association. ISBN 978-9955-438-82-3

2011
Shoes: Fashion & Desire. Instituto Monsa de Ediciones. Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 978-84-15223-33-7


PUBLICATIONS
/ Online

2024 
Where Fireflies Unfold
El País

2022
Where Fireflies Unfold
.  Edge of Humanity Magazine
Where Fireflies Unfold.  Audioteca Fotográfica Mujer Puente

2021
Where Fireflies Unfold.  Interview, Art Photo Bcn
Where Fireflies UnfoldPHMuseum Featured Project
Where Fireflies Unfold.  LIFE FRAMER Collection

2020
Where Fireflies Unfold.  100 HUNDRED PHOTOGRAPHIZE ANUAL BOOK Best Selected 2020 
Where Fireflies Unfold.  Top 250 PHMuseum Stories of 2020

2019
Where Fireflies Unfold.  DER GREIF, Guest Room. «Your Truth» an online exhibition curated by Sara Hemming
Insomnia.  LIFE FRAMER, Night life Editor’s Pick

2019
Where Fireflies Unfold
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BURN MAGAZINE