A black and white headshot of Jaime Alvarez against a light backdrop

Photography (BFA)

Jaime Alvarez is an assistant adjunct professor at UArts and an artist living and working in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Fishtown.


Jaime Alvarez was born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. He moved to Philadelphia in 2005 and since then has worked with numerous local independent artist spaces, institutions, artists and collectors to document their spaces and works.

Alvarez holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.


  • Alvarez’s residency experiences include RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency) and Glen Foerd Artist in Residence, both in Philadelphia.

  • From 2012 to 2015, he was a member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid, where he curated shows and helped organize other community events with the gallery.

  • His work has been exhibited at Taller Puertorriqueño, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Commonweal Gallery and Comcast Technology Center, all in Philadelphia; Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey; Mexic-arte Museum, Austin, Texas; and other spaces. His work has been collected by Comcast, Drexel University, Mexic-Arte Museum and other private collections.

  • Alvarez documents exhibitions and works of art for numerous clients, including The Print Center and University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), and local artists living in Philadelphia and collectors around the world.


Visit Jaime Alvarez’s website.

Visit his studio site.

Follow Jaime Alvarez on Instagram: @jaimephoto79 and @fishtowndaily.

Awards & Accolades

Alvarez has been recognized numerous times for his work, including as a 

  • participant in Photolucida (Portland, Oregon 2019); 

  • finalist for The Center for Emerging Visual Artists Visual Artist Fellowship (Philadelphia, 2018); 

  • honorable mention awardee in the Context2016 exhibition (Chicago, 2016); 

  • winner of the Esther & Harvey Graitzer Memorial Prize for Photography (Woodmere Museum, Philadelphia, 2013); and 

  • finalist in the VII Bienal Internacional de Fotografia de Puerto Rico (2010).

A tight shot of a pile of toys like dinosaurs and figures and dolls and baseballs all painted the same shade of white
A gallery space with wooden floors and alternating wood and white walls with a six-panel abstract work hanging on one wall and a large white hanging sculpture made from household items hanging in the foreground