ALVARO CASTAGNET was born in Montevideo, in the beautiful South American country of Uruguay. His early interest in art was cultivated mainly by his father, who sent him to the National School of Art in Montevideo at a very young age where he was taught by Professor Esteban Garino. Castagnet carried on his formal education in art at the Fine Arts University, where Miguel Angel Pareja was his oil painting tutor.
Castagnet migrated to Australia in 1983, and lived there enjoying the cosmopolitan and forward-looking attitude of that country for 20 years. Alvaro Castagnet is fluent in Spanish, Italian, and English and currently lives in Montevideo, Uruguay. Castagnet has been holding solo exhibitions since 1985, and has been recognised with dozens of awards over the last 30 years.