Alvaro Naddeo – Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Naddeo is no stranger to migration, having also lived in Lima, New York City, and Los Angeles. Taking residence in these urban environments has shaped his memory and permeates most of his work. As a child, Naddeo was partly homeschooled and spent many hours watching his father, an illustrator, draw and create. This pushed Naddeo to become a self-taught artist. Along with the inspiration and encouragement he received from his father, he also found himself comparing his work to his father’s, worried his drawings and paintings were not good enough. This brief crisis of confidence forced Naddeo to take another direction with his work and pursue a career in advertising as an Art Director. This role allowed him to exercise his interest in art, but did not require a mastery of pencil or brush. Twenty years later while living in New York City, Naddeo became invigorated in the arts once more after being exposed to its many contrasts, and his desire to pick up the brushes intensified with no signs of slowing down.