Álvaro Laiz is a multidisciplinary artist whose creative endeavors thrive at the crossroads of art, technology, and ancestral wisdom. His extensive projects span various forms of expression, including photography, photobooks, installations, and video art. Within these diverse mediums, Laiz delves into the intricate interplay of biological, cultural, technological, and spiritual forces that shape the trajectory of the modern world. 

Through a dynamic interplay of human and natural sciences, his research explores the delicate boundary that separates the realms of the natural, the supernatural, and the artificial. Laiz's work provides a platform for engaging dialogues about the profound processes that shape the evolution of our world

In 2012, Álvaro Laiz held his first solo exhibition at the Fúcares gallery in Madrid, showcasing 'Transmongolian.' In 2014, coinciding with the presentation of the same project at the MAC/VAL museum in Paris, he commenced an artistic residency at the Cerezales Foundation to research the Russian Far East. This research culminated in the exhibition 'The Hunter' in 2015 at the foundation's León headquarters. 
By 2016, Laiz had become a National Geographic Explorer for his project 'The Edge.' This project combines science and ancestral culture, utilizing population genetics and data visualization to trace the footsteps of the first inhabitants of the American continent 20,000 years ago.In 2017, he published his first book, 'The Hunt' (Dewi Lewis / RM, 2017), presented at Les Rencontres d'Arles and recognized by the British Journal of Photography. In 2018, he continued his research as an artist-in-residence at the University of Navarra Museum. 
In 2019, Laiz was awarded a scholarship by the University of Oxford to conduct the 'The River Flows' project, combining archaeology and storytelling in Nicaragua. In 2020, he received the Storytelling Fellowship from National Geographic & Burroughs Welcome Fund, resulting in a six-year project spanning seven countries.'The Edge' debuted in 2022 at the MUN headquarters in Navarra, attracting over 18,000 visitors during its six-month exhibition. In 2022, he received the First Artistic Residency from the Campo Cerrado Foundation, leading to the 'Memoria de Invierno' project. In 2023, this project was unveiled at the foundation's temporary headquarters in Madrid. 
Laiz's work, including photographic compositions and video installations, is featured in public and private collections, including the Museum of the Americas, the University of Navarra Museum (MUN), and the INELCOM Collection of Contemporary Art. He has exhibited in museums such as the Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne (MAC/VAL) in Paris and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Castilla and León (MUSAC).


Awards and Grants (Selection)

I Beca Residencia de Producción Artística de la Colección Campocerrado 2021
Civic Science Fellow Rita Allen Foundation 2021-2022
National Geographic Storytelling Fellow 2020-2022
2nd Place Environmental Category Sony World Photography Award 2020
Public Engagement with Research Grant. Oxford University, 2019
1st Place Portraiture Category Sony World Photography Award 2019
Residencia Artística Museo Universidad de Navarra "Tender Puentes" 2018-2022
6x6 Global Talent World Press Photo 2018
PDN´s 30 2018  
National Geographic Explorer Program Grant, 2017
Winner Juror´s Choice Award Center, Santa Fe, 2016
Winner FotoVisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Project, 2015
Emerging Photographer Fund Finalist, 2015
Finalist Magnum- IT Foundation Award, 2015
British Journal of Photography Ones to Watch, 2014
Gold Medal China International Photographic Art Exhibition, 2013
1st Prize Contemporary African Photography Award, 2013
2nd Prize Festival Internacional de Fotografía de México (FINI), 2013
Fórum Photographic Can Bastè Grant, 2012
1st Prize Revela International Photography Award, 2012
2nd Prize Pride International Photography Contest, 2012

Solo Shows (Selection)

The Edge, Freijo Gallery, (Madrid, Spain), 2022
The Edge, Museo Universidad de Navarra MUNAV, (Pamplona, Spain) 2022
The Hunter, Galería Freijo (Madrid, Spain) 2016
Fósil, Museo de la Minería de Sabero  (León, Spain) 2016
The Hunter, Fundación Cerezales Antonino y Cinia (FCYCAC) (León, Spain) 2015
Fosil, comissioned by MUSAC museum (León, Spain) 2015
Future Plans, Photon Festival (Valencia, Spain) 2015
Transmongolian, Cortona on the Move (Cortona, Italy) 2014
Wonderland, DOCFIELD, IlMondo Gallery (Barcelona, Spain) 2014
Wonderland, Fucares Gallery (Madrid. Spain) 2014
Future Plans, Fundación Can Basté (Barcelona, Spain) 2013
Transmongolian, PhotoEspaña´12 Galería Fúcares (Madrid, Spain) 2012

Group Exhibitions (Selection)

The Edge, Sommerset House, London, UK, 2019
Wonderland, Museo de América, Madrid, Spain, 2016
Transmongolian MACVAL, Paris, France, 2015
Transmongolian, Cortona on the Move, Cortona, Italy. 2014
Wonderland, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Castilla y León (MUSAC), León. Spain. 
Future Plans Pondycherry Festival, Pondycherry, India.
Transmongolian, Hungry Still, Format Gallery, Derby, United Kingdom. 2013 
Future Plans, Athens Photo Festival, Athens, Greece. 2013
Future Plans, Delhi Photo Festival, India Habit Center, New Delhi, India. 2013
Future Plans, Festival Internacional del Fotografía de México, Mexico DF, Mexico. 2013
Future Plans, Vogele Kultur Centrum, Zúrich, Switzerland. 2013
Future Plans, POP CAP ́13, Basel, Switzerland. 2013
Future Plans, Lagos Photo Festival, Lagos, Nigeria. 2013

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