b. 1973, Asturias, Spain.

Lives and works in Paris, France.


Chechu Álava was born in 1973 in Asturias, Spain, and currently lives and works in Paris, France. Álava obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca in 1995, and was awarded the Erasmus Scholarship to study at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in the same year.

In 2020 Alava presented her first major museum exhibition at the Thyssen Museum in Madrid, Spain which was accompanied by an artist’s monograph.  She presented Primeros retratos at IES Bernaldo de Quirós in France, in 2019. Alva has participated in numerous group exhibitions, most notably 100 painters of tomorrow at Beers Contemporary Gallery in London, UK in 2014; Sutiles y convulsas ensoñaciones at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Castellón de la Plana in Castellón, Spain in 2015; Rehabitar el espacio: presente, pasado y futuro at the Museo Lázaro Galdiano in Madrid, Spain in 2016; Las formas del alma at Instituto Cervantes, a travelling exhibition presented in Rome, Italy; as well as Belgrade, Serbia; Prague, Czexh Republic and Bucharest, Romania in 2018 and 2019 and the The Female Line at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa in 2019.

Álava’s works form part of numerous collections including the DKV Art Collection, Berlin, Germany; the Principality of Asturias; Castile and León and the Museum of Asturias in Spain as well as private and public collections in Holland, Austria, Mexico, Colombia, Germany, Portugal, USA, South Africa, France and Spain.