What drives me?

“Painting is an illusion. Art is inside”

ALVARO CASTAGNET was born in Montevideo, in the beautiful South American country of Uruguay. His early interest in art was cultivated mainly by his father, who sent him to the National School of Art in Montevideo at a very young age where he was taught by Professor Esteban Garino. Castagnet carried on his formal education in art at the Fine Arts University, where Miguel Angel Pareja was his oil painting tutor.

Alvaro Castagnet may just be a real Scot Alvaro Castagnet relaxing in his studio
A real Scot?: In Scotland Relaxing in the studio

Castagnet migrated to Australia in 1983, and lived there enjoying the cosmopolitan and forward-looking attitude of that country for 20 years. Alvaro Castagnet is fluent in Spanish, Italian, and English and currently lives in Montevideo, Uruguay. Castagnet has been holding solo exhibitions since 1985, and has been recognised with dozens of awards over the last 30 years.

Alvaro playing football in Scotland

Castagnet writes articles for many international artist publications worldwide. Alvaro travels around the world, painting, demonstrating, lecturing, and judging art competitions also guest-attending exhibitions of his work. He is the author of the out-of-print, “Watercolor Painting with Passion” & “Painting with Passion – Beyond Technique” books. Alvaro is featured in innumerable art books, videos, DVDs and acclaimed international art publications.His main studio is located in Montevideo, Uruguay. He lives with his wife, Ana Maria & their teenagers sons, Gaston & Calvin.

Football Crazy: Alvaro at play

 

Family Photo Alvaro & Calvin passionate about the Uruguay Football team
Family Photo, all together Alvaro & Calvin passionate about both football and Uruguay