Álvaro D. Márquez (they/them/theirs) is an artist, educator, and museum professional. They grew up in the working-class immigrant community of East Salinas, CA (unceded Popelouthcom, Oholone, and Rumsen territory) and reside in Los Angeles County (unceded Tongva territory). Descendant of three generations of migrant field workers, their work explores displacement as a key modality in the development of Western settler-colonial expansion, encompassing issues around Indigenous dispossession, homelessness, and gentrification. They have exhibited their work across the US, Mexico, and Germany, and their work has been collected by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, and the U.S. Library of Congress. They currently work as an Education Specialist at the J. Paul Getty Museum, in addition to their work as Adjunct Faculty in Printmaking at the USC Roski School of Art and Design.
“What excites me most about participating in the NLI is the ability to learn with and from a talented cohort of peers, from arts practitioners to scholars and advocates, all of whom carry a wealth of knowledge and experiences.”