Alvin Clayton, BA
Alvin moved from Port of Spain, Trinidad, in the West Indies, to the metropolitan Washington D.C. area to attend Archbishop Carrol High School where his interest in art was born. He then attended Mount Saint Mary’s University where he earned a BA in Education. Drafted to play professional soccer, Alvin’s plans were derailed when the North American Soccer League disbanded. Clayton was offered an opportunity to model for a photographer, and he landed his first contract with Wilhelmina in NYC.
His clean-cut looks and engaging smile were the focus of fashion editorials in GQ, Vogue, Glamour, Elle, Esquire, Details, French Vogue and Ebony Man. A passport abroad was the conduit to the arts and his first exposure to the great post-impressionists. He studied in Paris for three years with Henri Matisse's saturated palette being the most profound influence. In 1992, he landed his first solo show at the Lee Arthur Gallery in New York's Soho Buzz.
Currently, he enjoys a full list of famous supporters and collectors. In the winter of 1999, the Smithsonian Center for African American History and Culture invited Clayton to be part of a commemorative installation entitled "Location and Spirituality in African American Art.” His passion to inspire young artists and collaborate in progressive community grassroots events continue to be part of his daily routine as an artist and Owner of Alvin & Friends Restaurant located in New Rochelle, N.Y., where he resides with his children and wife.