Aldo Álvarez Tostado (b. 1987) explores the concepts of nation and identity as political manufactures that articulate a formal and poetic language. By contrasting these codes with official geography, art and popular culture he builds his own nation-fiction.
He was selected for the 2019 Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince (Haiti) and has received the Art Review / Casa Wabi Residency Award 2018/19 and PAOS Local Residency Program 2018; his work has been showcased throughout Mexico in exhibitions curated by Nicolás Bourriaud, Paulina Ascencio, Alberto Ríos de la Rosa and Mario Ballesteros. His solo shows include ¿qué hay detrás de la reja? at Guadalajara 90210 and un sentimiento que no morirá at NASAL (CDMX).
His practice extends to object design and architecture. In 2013 he founded piedrafuego (2013), an object design studio showcased in exhibitions at London Design Fair, Adorno Gallery (Copenhagen), Museo Tamayo, MUAC and Palacio de Bellas Artes (CDMX).
In 2021, Aldo founded todomundo, an independent art space for queer art in Guadalajara. His book topoética was published by PAOS and Impronta in 2020. Aldo is a graduate and now a project tutor at ITESO Architecture School. Originally from San Pancho, Nayarit, he lives and works in El Santuario, Guadalajara.