Laura Alvarez is an illustrator, author, designer, visual artist, muralist, community activist and educator. She was born in Valencia, Spain and studied Fine Arts in Spain and England. In NYC, she juggles her city job, her artist career, and her commitment to her Bronx community. She has been a teaching artist with several organizations and city agencies, more than she can remember, but what she does recall are all the lives she has touched through the years thanks to the arts. She knows there will be more. Laura is interested in the connections people make with her art. And there is no better place than the streets. She has taken her artwork out of the studio, working in walls and step-streets in different countries and NYC neighborhoods. Laura like to share her colorful designs that bring joy to the community, while planning what's the next wall she's going to tackle. Laura is the Co-Founder, Vice-President and COO of BxArts Factory, a non profit organization whose mission is to make art accessible to everyone in the Bronx. The organization believes everyone is an artist and they will help you unlock it. She has received several awards and grants that she has used to promote the arts among Bronx youths and to create work that starts a conversation about; ecology, womanhood, racism, tradition, inequality and immigration. She has exhibited all over Europe and New York, in both collectives and solo shows. Most of her shows include free programming and workshops to pass along her love for art and her mantra: "everyone is an artist".