Alvaro Castagnet Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Alvaro Castagnet, watercolor artist

You’ve likely seen the watercolor paintings of Alvaro Castagnet, who has been featured in multiple magazines, art exhibitions, videos, and books (one of which has been translated into four languages), and teaches workshops around the world. In this mini-documentary dedicated to Alvaro’s life, you’ll learn how Alvaro, having fallen in love with art at an early age, started working in a studio doing odd jobs, just to be around the art and artists so he could learn more.

Today, his goal is to help watercolor as a medium gain the recognition it deserves by pushing it to new levels. “For me,” he says, “the most important thing about painting is the noise, the taste, the smell. As an artist, I give a great deal of attention to get beyond the literal representation of the scene.”



“Art is not intellect. Art is jumping into the unknown. Art is the perfect imperfection.”
— Alvaro Castagnet


Cafe Brasilero” (watercolor painting) by Alvaro Castagnet
Watercolor painting by Alvaro Castagnet


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Kelly Kane
PleinAir Magazine and American Watercolor Weekly Editor-in-Chief With more than 20 years experience in art publishing, Kelly Kane has served previously as Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine and Content Director for The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Acrylic Artist, and Pastel Journal. She has interviewed many of the preeminent artists of our time and written numerous articles about painting, drawing, art education and art history. She is now the Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter. Click here to send her an email.


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