Andrea Alvin

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Andrea Alvin

United States

Growing up in Fresno California, the daughter of a beautician and a cattleman, with a standard poodle for a pet, it’s no wonder that a sense of humor permeates her work.


Alvin graduated from the renowned Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles (now Pasadena,) CA. Her career began in animation as a layout designer and animator. She contributed creatively to many national and regional commercials such as Tootsie Roll, Chicken of the Sea, Six Flags, and numerous films for The Children’s' Television Network. She worked as a layout artist at Hanna Barbera for several years. 


In 1989 she joined forces with her husband, noted illustrator John Alvin, creating their own design and illustration studio that specialized advertising for major motion pictures, creating movie posters for many well known films. Andrea contributed to the ad campaigns for such movies as: Batman Returns and Batman Forever for Warner Bros; Pinocchio, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules and The Little Mermaid for Disney Studios. She and John co-illustrated many books for Disney Publishing and created a series of original illustrated labels for Disney consumer products for food lines made by Kelloggs, Coke, Sunkist and many others.


Andrea’s fine art painting career started in 1980 and continued through her varied commercial career. In 2003 she moved to New York’s Hudson Valley and began painting full time. Her work has been featured in galleries throughout the United States and abroad.


"I love the idea of everyday objects and products, taken beyond the magazine,

billboard or TV ad and lovingly glorified and idealized," she has said of her

concentration on postwar, Baby Boomer, middle-class American subjects such as

Oreo cookies, Necco Wafers and other iconic items, humanized through

consumptive evidence: a bite here, a spill there... "The final effect is intensely

personal to the viewer and yet broadly reminiscent of an era that binds us

irrevocably together... “ Her strongly composed work has been described as

having a style located somewhere between19th-century Impressionism and more

modern Photorealism.

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