Luis Alvarez Roure

Born in Puerto Rico and now based in New Jersey, Luis Alvarez Roure is an award-winning artist widely known for portraits of international public figures including American composer Philip Glass, former Chairman of The Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, actress and Playwright Anna Deavere Smith, and GRAMMY award-winning violinist Joshua Bell.

His portrait of Philip Glass, acquired by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, has been featured in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s programs extensively and it was chosen by Maestro Glass himself to be the cover of his latest recording:  Philip Glass Solo, to be released in January 2024.

Luis has exhibited his works in the US and abroad, including at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Kemper Art Museum, the Salmagundi Club, The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Museo MEAM de Barcelona, and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. 

Luis is the recipient of the Draper Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award of the 24th Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition, the highest award given by the institution to any competitor.

He was also a finalist at the prestigious Outwin 2019 Boochever Portrait Competition in Washington D.C, and Figurativas 2015 in Barcelona. In 2020, he received the title of Living Master by the Art Renewal Center Organization. 

At the heart of Roure’s virtuosity are two strengths. First, he has perfected his draftsmanship… taken directly from the paintings of past masters. Roure’s second strength is the empathy he so evidently feels with his sitters. Their expressions and poses convey the sense of life that comes not only through observation but also through an intuitive connection between people.

Peter Trippi, editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine

Get in touch

You can see a selection of Luis’s works below. If you would like to commission Luis, please email or call the gallery on 020 7839 2792.

Portrait examples

Selected exhibitions

  • 2023: Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
  • 2022: Salmagundi Club
  • 2021: The New Pre-Raphaelites: Illumination, Delaware, USA
  • 2021: The Kemper Art Museum
  • 2020: Museo MEAM de Barcelona
  • 2020: The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
  • 2019: Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery