RF. Alvarez Paints Queer Domesticity With a Cowboy Twist

Portrait of RF. Alvarez by Mackenzie Smith Kelley. All images courtesy of the artist and Alanna Miller.

For RF. Alvarez, the definition of home is in ceaseless transformation. The 35-year-old painter left Texas at 18 with the firm intention of never returning, but it was back home on a Christmas visit in 2013 that he met the man who would eventually be his husband. The couple’s Austin dwelling, where the smell of wildflowers mingles with the sound of crickets, inspired his most recent paintings. “If you want to know yourself, you should leave where you are from,” he tells CULTURED. “The longer the branches, the deeper the roots.”

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