Álvaro Laiz (b.1981) is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, text, video and sound. His research-based work deals with narratives where traditional culture, nature and technology converge.


"For Álvaro, the artistic practice and way of living resemble a kind of labyrinth. The  concept of the unknown and the element of surprise of what awaits you is the invitation to enter. Once you are inside, research, self-discovery, awareness, analysis and exploration, all feed into the development of the story; and when you get out of the labyrinth, the perception of that story is never the same.The Labyrinth is a metaphor for self-awareness, change and evolution, either by inviting you to consume the story or by subtly addressing personal experiences. In this journey of discovery and self-discovery, the movement is always quiet and slow, allowing viewers to come into the scene and let things happen. A labyrinth can aesthetically shape the way of seeing."

In 2017 he published his first book The Hunt (Dewi Lewis/RM, 2017), a reconstruction of a Moby-Dick-alike story of man against nature’s most fearsome and efficient predator in the Boreal Jungle: the Siberian tiger. It was presented at Les Rencontres d'Arles 2017 and selected by the British Journal of Photography as Best of 2017. Álvaro´s work has been recognized and funded by a number of institutions including Sony World Photography Awards, World Press Photo or Magnum Foundation. 

Since 2020 he is a National Geographic Fellow. 

His work, both photography and large scale video installation, resides in public and private collections such as Museo de América or Fundación INELCOM, curated by Vicente Todolí, and have been exhibited in museums and art fairs such as Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne (MAC/VAL) in Paris, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC). His editorial clients include National Geographic, New York Times, Traveller or Forbes among others.

Photo by: Nani Gutiérrez

AWARDS (selection)

National Geographic Storytelling Fellow 2020
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 

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-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, 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)

Museo Universidad de Navarra , Spain
Banco Sabadel, Barcelona, Spain 
INELCOM, Madrid, Spain 
Fundación Cerezales Antonino y Cinia, 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


Sommerset House, WPO awards, London, 2020 
The Hunter, Cambio de Rumbo Tabacalera (Madrid) 2017 
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 Internacional de Fotografía Revela, Can Basté (Barcelona, Spain) 2012


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