Internationally acclaimed master watercolour artist Alvaro Castagnet will perform a live painting demonstration Emporium Hotel South Bank‘s rooftop bar The Terrace, providing Alvaro the perfect platform to capture Brisbane’s magnificent city skyline.

Born and based in Uruguay, Alvaro is being flown in by the Watercolour Society of Queensland for a series of workshops at Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art and The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA). He has won top international honours and acclaim, with his artwork featured in multiple magazines, art exhibitions, videos, and books around the world.

Flamboyant and passionate, Alvaro is admired for his powerful, impressive interpretation of light effects and his ability to evoke mood to convey the very soul of the subjects he paints. Alvaro burst onto the Australian scene with his breathtaking paintings of the country’s epic rural and urban landscapes, using rich and exotic watercolours that had rarely seen before.

Ahead of his arrival in Brisbane, Alvaro said, “I am very honoured to be invited to conduct workshops for the Watercolour Society of Queensland. Years ago, when I was living in Melbourne, going to Brisbane was always a great pleasure – it is such a vibrant, amazing city to visit and it became my second Australian home. The city has a beautiful light, beautiful shapes of buildings and architecture – it holds everything for a street scene painter like me. Warm light and abundant city shapes across the skyline provide me with such a buzz and give me huge inspiration to paint with passion – I look forward sharing this during the demonstration.”

Commenting on Alvaro’s arrival at the hotel, Emporium Hotel South Bank’s General Manager, Peter Savoff said, “We are extremely excited to welcome such a talented, world class artist to the hotel. Alvaro’s artwork is truly outstanding, and we are thrilled to provide our guests with a unique, up close and personal insight into his flair and passion.”

Alvaro Castagnet’s demonstration at The Terrace will take place from 4pm to 6pm on Friday 9 November. It is free to attend, with a range of premium food and drinks available for purchase.

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