Alva Mooses


Alva Mooses is a Mexican-American multidisciplinary artist. In her work, Alva researches colonized landscapes, religious icons, and socio-political histories. She makes her work from geological materials such as volcanic stones, rammed earth, ceramics, and cast concrete to build immersive installations that honor historical and geographical memory. The intersections of print, paper, and book arts inform her sculptures and installations.

Alva received a BFA from The Cooper Union and an MFA from Yale University. She is a recipient of a Yale University Schoelkopf Traveling Fellowship, the Rema Hort Mann Community Engagement Grant, a UChicago Arts Grant, a City Artist Corps Grant, and a 2019 Socrates Sculpture Park Fellowship. Select exhibitions include: Buen Vivir/Vivir Bien at the Mexic-Arte Museum (Austin, Texas), Retrato de un Paisaje at Museo Sívori (Buenos Aires, Argentina), A Day’s Dust at Studio17 (Stavanger, Norway), and Internalized Borders at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (NYC), Grupo <11> Instituto Cervantes (NYC). She has completed residencies at The University of Chicago, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper, Tou Trykk in Stavanger, Norway, MAG in Saltillo, Mexico, the Davidoff Art Initiative in the Dominican Republic, and Casa Wabi, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Since 2004, Mooses has organized community art initiatives and collaborations in Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, El Salvador and Argentina. Mooses is a member of the editorial board for Latinx Spaces, a media platform. Alva currently teaches Sculpture and Drawing at The Cooper Union.

Mooses is a 2020 CBA Artist-in-Residence.