Alvaro is an artist who paints on wooden panels that he has found on the street. But most of us know him as Mösco, both his nom de plume and nickname. His work has been exhibited alongside Warhol, Basquiat, Keith Haring, Shirin Neshat, Banksy, Swoon, and Kaws but he is not one to brag. (So we do it for him here. He was also in Terence Koh’s group show, “I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl”.) He says he began his arts career early in grade school through graffiti and street art and that his family has always been supportive of him as an artist. Nowadays, his artwork gets him invited to far off corners of the globe like the Canary Islands Biennial, but he does not believe in “art stars” or that kind of fame. He says “If you love doing it, that's the biggest reward. I see it as a personal journey.” His aspirations are two fold: “I would love to show my work to people in remote places like the Tarahumara of the Sierra Madre or in Mongolia.” And he would like to collaborate with the architect Zaha Hadid, “Her work is so fast-forward and inspiring. We could make a good team.”
Place of Birth: Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico.
Occupation/Aspiration: Artist and Painter.
Which neighborhood do you live in and why?
I live in the Lower East Side, close to Chinatown. It’s nice to step out of your house and not deal with the craziness of the city, plus cheap veggies, fish, and dumplings all around.
When did you move to NYC and why?
After finishing my studies in DF, I was doing graffiti and considered a pioneer. I came to NY in 1998. The city was different then. Mayor Guilliani removed all the grime and 911 changed it all.
Name a New York moment:
1. Once I was waiting to get a photo taken with Santa Claus and I saw that everyone in the room was looking at my daughter Sasha. I then realized that Sarah Jessica Parker was sharing cookies with her. 2.The best one; cursing in Spanish to a Chinese guy who responded to me “No mames!”
How do you keep it Mex in the City?
Having a solid taco diet.
Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
“Echale canilla” It means “kick ass”. My Dad used to shout it when I played soccer.
What's your drink of choice?
Cerveza Modelo in summer. Baileys in winter.
Name three songs on your mind right now:
Pixies: “Where's My Mind”, Café Tacuba: “Chica Banda”, Sonora Dinamita: “Mi cucu”.
What Mexican do you most admire and why?
Emiliano Zapata. He was from Morelos and his ideals were for the working people. His best quote is: “It’s better to die on your feet than to die on your knees”.
Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I love chocolate. I love dancing. I love women. I love sunshine. I like keeping it simple.