Bio/Artist Statement

Gonzalo Headshot
BIOGRAPHY:
Gonzalo Alvarez is a Latino Illustrator, Game Designer, and Creative Director/Founder of the video game studio Macua Studios which produced the internationally recognized immigration game, Borders. Born and raised in a low-income household within the small blue-collar community of Port Arthur, TX, he pursued a BFA in Drawing at Lamar University. Through comics, illustrations, and video games, Alvarez aims to animate the stories of his Mexican culture filling the void of Latino role models in pop culture entertainment.

After directing his first game Borders, a game about his parents immigration story, the game received international attention featuring on Univision, Washington Post and many others leading to its invitation to prestigious festivals such as Sheffield Doc/Fest Alternative Realities in the UK and Latin America and Indiecade’s Showcase at E3 2017 in Los Angeles.

His current project “The Legend of Polloman”, is a Mexican folklore adventure transmedia series currently being adapted into a comic, game, and cartoon in an effort to inspire and entertain people about the rich folklore, culture, and history of Mexico that he grew up with.  Readers follow a timid boy journeying the underworld of Mictlan to vanquish terrifying Folklore Legends like La Llorona and El Cucuy, in order to return home. 

He has dedicated his lifes work to creating culturally significant projects and the doors that have opened have brought him closer to his goal of becoming a full-time creative.

 

FULL ARTIST STATEMENT PDF BELOW:

ARTIST STATEMENT

A bit more about me:

Much of my illustration influences come from an early fascination with the creepy fantastical stories of my Mexican culture along with the grotesque imagery of Saturday morning cartoons, Tim Burton, and Kentaro Miura.

Growing up, I also had an obsession with the rules and mechanics of video games, board games, and collectible card games, and remember designing games on paper as early as 8 years old. This has contributed to my current work in the field of game design.

I have traveled abroad to Japan and enjoy traveling among others things like playing video games, public speaking, and creating.
  • TEXAS LATINO COMIC CON Official Poster designer and Guest artist 2018
  • MEXICANX INITIATIVE Worldcon76 2018
  • Kappa Pi International Graduating Scholarship 2017

FESTIVALS

  • MISUS Guadalajara 2018
  • Indiecade East @ E3 2017 Featuring Borders
  • Sheffield Doc Fest Alternative Realities UK and Latin American Tour 2017
  • Austin Thinkery 21 2017

EDUCATION

LAMAR UNIVERSITY, BEAUMONT TX
BACHELORS IN STUDIO ARTS EMPHASIS IN DRAWING 2012