Born in San Diego, CA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
Alvin Armstrong is a painter whose work explores the social and political landscape of Black American culture. His paintings are often filled with real and fictional subjects, culled from archival material, his community and lived experiences. He’s lived in Hawaii, Japan, and California all of which have informed his art practice.
Armstrong received an MS in Eastern Medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist. The self-taught artist had his New York solo debut exhibition This Place Looks Different with Medium Tings in Fall 2020. His first Chelsea solo show To Give and Take was presented at Anna Zorina Gallery in May 2021, curated by Stephanie Baptiste. He was included in the Let Freedom Ring installation curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah at Brooklyn Academy of Music in January 2021. Armstrong’s work has been featured in the New York Times, reviewed in Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, Something Curated, Artsy and Epiphany Magazine. He is a Visual Arts Resident at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn in 2022.