75th Annual International Open Exhibition Juror
A member of many prestigious watercolor societies around the world, such as the American Watercolor Society (AWS) and Australian Watercolor Institute (AWI), Álvaro Castagnet is a gifted internationally renowned watercolorist, well-traveled and lauded for his expressive style and ability to capture the very soul of the location he paints.
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Álvaro’s paintings grace the walls of many private and corporate collections across the globe and his works have been recognized with top honors in esteemed international art competitions.
According to Álvaro, “My style has been described as passionate, spontaneous, flamboyant and powerful. I am an expressive painter; always exploring and pursuing a strong interpretation of light effects. I enjoy stretching the boundaries of traditional art, and the medium, trying my hardest to do it with honesty and integrity. Portraying the abstract side of life is the driving force of my work.”
Traveling the world exhibiting, demonstrating, lecturing and judging, Álvaro is also a successful author. Often contributing to acclaimed international art publications worldwide, his latest book, "Painting with Passion: Beyond Technique", is a sold out bestseller.
Alvaro Castagnet - Alvaro's artwork and products can be viewed at www.alvarocastagnet.net.
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I would like to congratulate the Northwest Watercolor Society for the great achievement of celebrating its 75th Diamond Anniversary and for organizing and putting together a great event and competition.
I was very happy to have been invited to be a juror and workshop instructor for this 75th Anniversary exhibition. This allowed me to be exposed to an overwhelming number of wonderful paintings, all of which demonstrated a broad pursuit of inspiration and expression.
NWWS has established itself as one of the most prestigious art associations in the watercolor world. It encourages artists to come together to participate with varied subjects and techniques. This show is an enormous contribution to the awareness and the power of exquisite art, while helping to encourage interest and acceptance of this most challenging medium.
I would like to congratulate those of you who are represented in this exhibition, in particular the award winners. It is a great honor for me to share in the judging of this exhibition with Judy Morris and to be part of this “10 out of 10” event!
Alvaro Castagnet, AWS/AWI