Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo Drops Glam Polar Bear

Glam Polar Bear by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo has studied Graphic Design at Universidad de Valparaiso, Chile and before moving on to the Cinema Studies School of Chile. He has worked for more than 10 years as a graphic designer and in audiovisual creation. Most recently, he has started to explore illustration by using mixed digital and traditional techniques. As an illustrator he has collaborated with Wired Magazine and in the most recent Dec. 2011 issue of Rolling Stone España.

Check out over 2,000 images from Alvaro in the immersive picture wall below and buy Glam Polar Bear at

This latest image Glam Polar Bear is a vectorial drawing on hand-made textures created with watercolor and ink with the composition in finished in Photoshop. Began on October 10, 2011 the work took about two days to finish according to Hidalgo.

“One of my lines of illustration work is the illustration of animals, usually angry animals. In this case, I wanted to add a graphic element that represented contemporary popular culture, by referring to the image of David Bowie on the cover of Aladdin Sane disc and displaying it like a hunting trophy.” Hidalgo said. ” It is a fresh and modern piece, and it has a great visual impact.”

Read on for our short Q&A with Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo.

1xRUN: What artists inspired you early on?

Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo: Francis Bacon

1xRUN : What artists inspire you now?

Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo: Paula Rego

1xRUN : Just to name a few, what types of music have you been listening to recently?

Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo: Recently on my playlists has been Dengue Fever, Chet Baker, The Clash, David Lynch,  Fujiya & Miyagi, Metronomy, Nicolás Jaar, Poni Hoax and The Vaccines.

1xRUN: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be?

Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo: Peter Greenaway

1xRUN: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be?

Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo: Norman McLaren

See more of Hidalgo at his website.