Chema Alvargonzalez, (b. Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain - 1960, d. Berlin, Germany 2009) was a conceptual multidisciplinary artist who lived and worked between Barcelona and Berlin.
He lived the exciting events surrounding fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the period following it and was part of Künstlerinitiative Tacheles. He studied at the HdK under the direction of Rebecca Horn and obtained a Master of Fine Arts and Multimedia in 1994. After his studies he materialised most of his artistic works between both cities. During those periods where he lived in Berlin he introduced several incoming artists to city and the richness of its artistic scene.
In 2006 Alvargonzalez starts the project of GlogauAIR in the same building that is still hosting the residency today. GlogauAIR was created as a meeting point between artists from all disciplines where they could work in collaboration and expand their practice, while exploring and interacting with the city of Berlin. Alvargonzalez is a representative of the generation of artists whose artistic work was highly influenced by globalisation and technology. As a consequence, Chema’s pieces, as well as GlogauAIR, were set as a breakthrough beyond geographical boundaries.
After Alvargonzalez’s early death, his siblings Pablo and Columna took over Chema’s heritage, founding Memoria Artistica Chema Alvargonzalez in order to preserve Chema’s artworks, and taking over the direction of GlogauAIR.
For more information visit www.chemaalvargonzalez.com