My work explores the intersections of printmaking, photography, and sculpture. Recent works reflect on histories of colonialism in the Americas that have reshaped landscapes, transformed religious idols, and co-opted forms of traditional craft production. As an artist of Mexican descent, I have been committed to building and maintaining relationships with art communities in Mexico though art workshops, exhibitions, and fundraising efforts to support communities affected by natural disasters.
Alva Mooses received a BFA from The Cooper Union and a MFA from Yale University. She has exhibited her work at the the 10th Havana Biennial, Instituto Cervantes in NY, Shirley Fiterman Art Center, Logan Center for the Arts, among others. Recent exhibitions include Retrato de un Paisaje at Museo Sívori in Buenos Aires and Internalized Borders at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC. She has completed residencies at The University of Chicago, Columbia College, Tou Trykk in Stavanger, Norway and the Davidoff Art Initiative in the Dominican Republic. She has presented her work through artist talks at the Swiss Institute in NY, Rogaland Kunstsenter in Norway, SAIC among numerous other locations. Mooses is a recipient of a Yale University Schoelkopf Traveling Fellowship, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Artist Community Engagement Grant and UChicago Arts Grant.
Since 2004, Mooses has organized community art initiatives and collaborations in Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, El Salvador and Argentina. She co-founded the collective Grupo < >. Through exhibitions, publications, and artist talks Grupo < > generated critical dialogue regarding the complexities of art-making while challenging preconceptions based on gender and geography (2015-2017).
Alva Mooses has taught Drawing, Print Media, and Thesis courses at Cornell University and currently teaches Sculpture at The Cooper Union School of Art.