Vicko Alvarez

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Artist Statement:
Vicko Alvarez is a native Tejana, current graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, an aspiring middle school teacher, and the creator and illustrator of the ScholaR Comics web series. The comic is based on her childhood as well as the lives of the students she's had the privilege of teaching in Chicago's southside. The stories touch on the realities of growing up poor in an immigrant home while also maintaining pride in your community. Vicko is excited by the response her comics have received especially from various generations of Latinxs who do not often see their realities told in the mainstream. She is also a member of For The People (FTP) Artists Collective and creates art for movement work in Chicago that centers Black lives and prison abolition. Vicko is very happy to have found community in the POC comic world and to have found like minded radical artists to share space with. With a big mouth and firm belief that "each one, teach one", Vicko stays reppin’ for the hociconas and the pissed off nerdas who put the “chola” in “scholar”.
Relationship to Chicago:
Moved to Chicago in 2006 to attend the University of Chicago. I found a community of activists and have since called Chicago home. I started my professional career as a labor organizer and have since started graduate school at UIC to pursue a masters in teaching history. I am currently an arts and math educator, comic artist, and movement artist on the south side. I work as a GED teacher on the west side and am an active member of For The People Artists Collective.
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Places Of Residency:
Chicago, IL; Texas.
Art Form:
Illustration, Web Comic