The career of artist Irma Álvarez-Laviada (Gijón, 1978) could be placed in the field of expanded painting, in an attempt to question, from a radical position, everything that in some way alludes to the structural elements of painting in its self-referentiality as a medium. Her painting thus becomes an autonomous entity, whose flat surface no longer alludes to itself, in this way surpassing everything involved by representation and the illusion of depth.
She has received such awards as the BMW Prize, the Botín Foundation Plastic Arts Scholarship and the Residence Scholarship for the Cité des Arts in Paris. Her work has also been exhibited at international fairs such as Maco, Liste, Photo Miami, CIRCA, ARCO, Estampa, etc., as well as institutions such as The Cerezales Antonino y Cinia (León) Foundation, RAC Foundation (Pontevedra) and also is part of important collections such as the AECID, Collection Pilar Citoler, Collection Mariano Yera, the collection of the Spanish Ministry of Culture, Foundation Antonio Gala, Galila Barzilai Collection (Brussels) and the Berezdivin Collection (Puerto Rico). She recently had a solo show at the MBA, Asturias.