Alvin Zafra

b. 1978, Philippines
Lives and works in the Philippines

Alvin Zafra makes distinctly powerful works by etching and scratching found objects onto sandpaper. The resulting marks, or images, become the work’s surface information, resonating with the object used in production. Throughout the years, he has worked with human and animal bones, steel, bullets, knives, stones, and glass.

He has exhibited works in Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Poland, and Germany. His works were also part of exhibitions at the Yinchuan Biennale in China (2016), the Mediations Biennale in Poznan, Poland (2012), and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (2009). He was shortlisted for the BMW Art Journey Prize in 2016. He received the Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Award in 2015.

Biography information from, April 2022

Country: Philippines
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