Luis Alvarez Roure

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Luis Álvarez Roure
Luis Alvarez Roure.jpg
Alvarez Roure in his studio (2019)
Known forPainting, Drawing
Notable work
Portrait of Philip Glass

Luis Álvarez Roure (born 1976)[1] is a Puerto Rican realist painter based in New Jersey. He is known for his figure paintings as well as his portraits of American public figures such as Philip Glass[2], Joshua Bell, Paul Volcker[3], Cándido Camero[4], Monsignor William Linder and Octavio Vázquez.[5] His strengths have been described as "his draftsmanship (...) taken directly from the paintings of past masters" and "the empathy he so evidently feels with his sitters" by Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine.[6]


Luis Guillermo Alvarez Roure was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. As a child, he taught himself to draw. He declined taking formal art lessons. He also developed a great interest in music and his father enrolled him in piano lessons. Eventually, he moved to New York City to study piano performance under Germán Diez at City University of New York, where he completed a Master of Arts in Music. He then enrolled at the Art Students League of New York where he studied with Nelson Shanks.[7][8] According to Roure, seeing his teacher paint was a turning point. Roure is a resident of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.[9]


Alvarez Roure's work has been collected by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.[10][11], European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona,[12] Steinway Hall in New York City, and the Federal Reserve in Washington D.C.

In 2019 he was a finalist of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition[13], where his painting Hidden Wounds was one of 46 works exhibited at The Outwin: American Portraiture Today at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.



  1. ^ "Philip Glass".
  2. ^ "Audrey Hepburn, Morgan Freeman, more round out National Portrait Gallery additions". Los Angeles Times. October 1, 2019.
  3. ^ Proulx, Matthew (November 10, 2016). "PRAESENTARE | Art Gallery".
  4. ^ "Afro-Cuban Legend Cándido Honored with Vibrant Concert in NYC". DownBeat Magazine. November 22, 2016.
  5. ^ News-Post, Arlene Karidis Special to the. "The art of portraiture, coming to the Delaplaine". The Frederick News-Post.
  6. ^ Trippi, Peter (2018). “Luis Alvarez Roure: Composing in Paint”, Fine Art Connoisseur. November/December issue 2018, p.80-83.
  7. ^ Luis Alvarez Roure, Art Renewal Center. Accessed December 2, 2019.
  8. ^ Kuilan, Gloria Ruiz. "Boricua se destaca por su talento en el arte; El músico Luis Álvarez Roure retomó la pintura a los 24 años y dos de sus trabajos ya han sido reconocidos internacionalmente", El Nuevo Día, January 4, 2016. Accessed December 2, 2109.
  9. ^ "National Portrait Gallery Announces Winners of the 2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition and Opening of “The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today”", Smithsonian Institution. Accessed December 2, 2019. "Luis Álvarez Roure, Hasbrouck Heights, N.J."
  10. ^ "Recent Acquisitions". July 2, 2019.
  11. ^ "Philip Glass".
  12. ^ MEAM. (2016) Fundació de les Arts i els Artistes Collections. Contemporary Art XXI Century. p. 452
  13. ^ "The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today". October 24, 2019.


  • Trippi, Peter (2018). "Luis Alvarez Roure: Composing in Paint". Fine Art Connoisseur. November/December issue 2018, p. 80-83.

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