Artist biography

Alvaro GUEVARA 1894–1951

Portrait and landscape painter. A Chilean, born 15 July 1894 in Valparaiso, he began drawing at an early age. Came to England 1908 to enter the cloth trade, and spent two years in Yorkshire. Began studying art at Bradford College of Art, then studied at the Slade School 1912–16 and won Scholarship 1914. Worked at the Omega Workshops with Roger Fry and was influenced by Post-Impressionism. Exhibited at the N.E.A.C. from 1915 (member 1920), National Portrait Society and International Society. Worked in Chile 1922–6, where he was also a champion boxer. Returned to England and had an exhibition of Chilean paintings at the Leicester Galleries 1926. Married Meraud Guinness, painter, in 1929 and settled in France. Painted some imaginary portraits and later mainly landscapes. Exhibited in Paris at the Galerie Mouradian 1938. Died in Aix-en-Provence 16 October 1951.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I