Fernando Luis Alvarez is an activist, wielding his art as an instrument to affect change in his local community, uniting through his work and his gallery his joint aspirations as an artist and a philanthropist through Clementina Arts Foundation and The Spoon Movement. The lips in his work serve as each work’s focal point and are archetypal in how the set curves and bends to create a red bow. His lips series represent the inner strength inherent in all women. As a part of the whole, the lips become a mirror of themselves, re acting out that strength into the world. In this way, the lips are totems for the women they represent.