Jovita Veronica Alvares is a Goan artist from Karachi city, Pakistan.
Early life of Jovita Veronica Alvares
Jovita Veronica Alvares started drawing in school at the Convent of Jesus and Mary, Karachi, where her talent was first seen and she learnt her basic techniques at that school. She completed her O-levels from the Convent, where she took Art and got an A in her O-level examinations.
She went on to A-levels at The Lyceum School in Karachi. When she was younger she mostly did sketches until she learnt more about art at school. In her second year of A-levels along with art, she studied economics and psychology.
Alvares went on to the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture from where she graduated with distinction in the year of 2016. She was also awarded the Abu Shamim Areff award by the university.
In 2017 Alvares bagged the Imran Mir Art Prize. The prize ceremony was held on 23 January 2017 at the studio/gallery home of the late artist.
Alvares used to walk around in her area Karachi Cantonment using a video camera to record her subjects. Later she began using a bike to get around. She lived in that area all her life and wanted to explore it. Later she chose to use stills rather than video footage for inspiration.
Her portraits of Madam Noor Jehan and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan were on display at the Canvas Gallery in the year of May 2016. She “chose the frames first and then worked with paint sand acrylic for these portraits”.