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Jose Alvarez (b. 1961) was born in Venezuela and currently lives and works in South Florida. He graduated from the School of the Visual Arts in 1995. He began his career by making a name for himself through charismatic performances where he "channeled" the 2,000-year-old spirit of a shaman named Carlos. In front of live audiences around the world, Carlos' performances and media broadcasts have been viewed by millions of people in the United States, China, Australia, Europe, and South America. These performances were the subject of a video work presented in the 2004 Whitney Biennial curated by Lawrence Rinder, and more recently at his solo exhibition at The Kitchen in New York curated by Debra Singer. He has performed at the NASA Johnson Space Flight Center, as well at the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia.

Alvarez has also exhibited his work most recently at Marlborough Gallery, New York, The Moore Space, Miami, Gavlak, West Palm Beach, Ratio 3, San Francisco, as well as in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, "We Are Electric," at Jeffrey Deitch, and "Cosmic Wonder" at the Yerba Buena Center for The Arts. Alvarez's work will be included in the upcoming Exhibition “Altered States” at The Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach and was included in the exhibition “Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960s” at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

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