About the Artist

Alvilda Sophia Anaya-Alegría

Born in Guayama, Puerto Rico, Contemporary, Abstract Expressionism and Installation Visual Artist. Alvilda Sophia Anaya-Alegría holds a MS in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. She earned her degree as a fellow of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department.

This degree, and her art experience, has positioned her into the public art sphere. Martínez-Anaya has pursued doctorate level economics and studio art courses at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. And has studied with renowned watercolor artist, Richard Yarde and with other fine artists including modern art painter, Selina Trieff at Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA and renowned master of stained art glass/restorer, don Matías Arroyo at the Theophilus Art Center, Guayama, Puerto Rico. As a painter, her artwork has been selected and published in two short stories: “El Juego del Perdón,” Pegasos Ediciones, Argentina; and “El Gran Sempié”, written by Rafael Cruz Rodriguez, Esq., Maestro Publications, NY.

She has exhibited at the Fine Arts Center, University Gallery (Public Art & Architecture Mural), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; Centro de Bellas Artes, Guayama, Puerto Rico; The Springfield Fine Arts Museums; Binghamton University Department of Romance Languages & Literature; and Florida International University, among others. Her work is in private collections throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Her backbone in the public arts is a direct outcome of her tenacity, and faculty experiences teaching at: Springfield College, Tufts University and University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Her work is always intentional. Her love of history, her scholarly research, and her quest for knowing is what keeps her work contemporary.