Oil on canvas, 41 x 51 cm (2011)

Alvaro Julius Martinez (44), born in Medellin.

Alvaro was born in Colombia and adopted by a Belgian couple. He grew up as their only child in the coastal town of Blankenberge.
Alvaro doesn’t have any memories of his early childhood years and also doesn’t have interest in his native country. The Belgian coast is his homeland.
After his secondary education he worked for a few years in seasonal restaurants at the beach.
The assembly of these wooden buildings gave him the festive feeling of things about to happen. He loved the holiday atmosphere, the girls, the bronzing and the evenings when he was on duty in the kitchen.
During the dismantling of the buildings in the autumn gales, he was looking forward to the months of doing nothing, which boiled down to hanging around in the gym, long visits to his family and sometimes a short vacation to a warmer climate.
Now, almost 25 years later, he runs a company that sells and installs catering equipment.