Álvaro Laiz (b. 1981) is an artist specialized in anthropological and environmental photography. His work focuses on realities usually ignored by mass media, conceiving photography as a tool to explore the environment, customs and traditions of those people at risk of exclusion. His work has been exhibited in art fairs and museums such us MAC VALMUSACARCO and published in international media such as National GeographicNew York TimesForbes or British Journal of Photography among others.

Álvaro is a National Geographic Explorer and holds a Master in Audiovisual Arts from the UPSA.

AWARDS (selection)

National Geographic Explorer Program Grant, 2016

Winner Juror´s Choice Award Center, Santa Fe, 2016

Winner FotoVisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Project, 2015

Emerging Photographer Fund Finalist, 2015

Finalist Magnum-Ideas Tap Foundation Award, 2015

Honorary Mention Photographic Museum of Humanity, 2015

British Journal of Photography Ones to Watch, 2014

Gold Medal China International Photographic Art Exhibition, 2013

1st Prize Contemporary African Photography Award (POPCAP), 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

COLLECTIONS (selection)

INELCOM, Madrid, Spain

FCAYC, León, Spain

Museo de América, Madrid, Spain

HEF Investment, Madrid, Spain


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


Future Plans, State Hermitage Museum (Saint Petersburg, Russia) 2016

Transmongolian, Athens Photo Festival (Athens, Greece) 2016

Wonderland / Transmongolian MAC/VAL Museum (Paris, France) 2015

Wonderland, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Castilla y León (MUSAC) (León. Spain) 2014 

Future Plans Pondycherry Festival (Pondycherry, India) 2014

Transmongolian, Hungry Still, Format Gallery (Derby, United Kingdom)  2014

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 Foto de México (Mexico DF, Mexico) 2013

Future Plans, Vogele Kultur Centrum (Zúrich, Switzerland) 2013

Atlantes, Feria Internacional ARCO, Galería Fúcares (Madrid, Spain) 2013

Future Plans, POP CAP´13 (Basel, Switzerland) 2013

Future Plans, Lagos Photo Festival (Lagos, Nigeria) 2013

Pride Photo Award, the Old Church (Ámsterdam, Netherlands) 2012

Premio Internaciona de Fotografía Revela, Can Basté (Barcelona, Spain) 2012

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