Costanza Alvarez de Castro was born in Rome in 1989, the daughter of an Italian father and a mother from El Salvador. After completing her Baccalaureate from a French school, she studied Economics for International Cooperation and Development at University of Rome (La Sapienza), where she graduated in 2010. Costanza discovered that her studies left her thoroughly unfulfilled, and soon decided to pursue her true passions – painting and dance. Soon after, Costanza started working in Scenography both for Cinema and Theatre. In particular, in 2011 she worked as Production Designer Assistant to Jean Rabasse in the movie You and Me, directed by the famed director Bernardo Bertolucci. The encounter with Jean was extremely important for Costanza; in 2012 she was admitted to the Institut Superieur de Peinture Van Der Kelen et Logelain in Brussels achieving excellent results. In 2013 she worked at the Opera Theatre in Rome dedicating herself with passion to the learning of background painting technique. This experience allowed her to acquire new painting tecniques and skills, and exposed her to very big formats. Subsequently, She decided to focus exclusively on painting on canvas, where she feels free to combine her technical capabilities with a larger self expression.

Since 2019, Costanza also started illustrating children’s books.

Illustration Portfolio

In 2017, Costanza started a project named “a painting for Marguerite” to bring together art and aid.