Tamara Alves (b. 1983) is a Portuguese visual artist and illustrator, currently based in Lisbon.
Has a degree in Arts (ESAD-IPL) and a master in Contemporary Artistic Practices (FBAUP) where her subject of research was “Public Activism in Urban Context”. She has always been interested in a kind of work which is inserted in the world, fascinated with the streets aesthetics and urban context, ignoring conventional places such as museums or galleries, in order to present her works of art in the street or in public spaces.
The work of Tamara Alves represents an erotic view of a contemporary body with the effects of its own limits expanded. Instead of rational thinking there’s a rough passion, a body-without-organs, a becoming animal, the experienced sensations, "starving hysterical naked" (Allen Ginsberg).
Inspired by urban life she makes use of supports with multifaceted characteristics – drawing, painting, tattooing or ceramics.
Since 2000 she has been a part of several projects, group and solo exhibitions and public art interventions.