Raquel Alvarez Sardina was born in Barcelona in 1967. At the age of seventeen she joined ‘Academia Leonardo da Vinci’ and in 1986 she started a degree in Fine Arts. Whilst doing the degree she joined the studios of ‘Sant Vicens’ and ‘Boter/ Santalo’ and attended a drawing course at ‘Academia Lorenzo de Medici’ in Florence. After graduating in 1991 she came to England where she studied a Masters Degree at Cardiff University.
Based now in Stroud, Gloucestershire, her work is represented in The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle, Concept Gallery in Glasgow, Paragon Gallery in Cheltenham, Morningside Gallery in Edinburgh and Westminster Gallery in Harrogate. In 2015 she was elected to be an Associate Member of the Society of Women Artists (ASWA) and in 2016 she was elected a full member (SWA).
In 2016 HRH Princess Michael of Kent presented her with The President and Vice Presidents' Choice Award for the Best Work of Art in the Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.
1998 MA Fine Arts: Painting, Cardiff University
1991 Degree in Fine Arts: Painting, Universidad de Bellas Artes, Barcelona.
1991 Erasmus Scholar, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of the West of England.
1990 Scholar of Drawing, Society of Artists Sant Lluc, awarded by Barcelona University.
1990 Drawing, Academia Sant Vicenç, Barcelona.
1989 Drawing, Academia Lorenzo de Medici, Florence.
1988-90 Atelier Joaquin Santalo/Ramon Boter, Barcelona.
1988 Painting, Academia Sant Vicenç, Barcelona.
1987-88 Drawing, The Society of Artists Sant Lluc, Barcelona.
1985-86 Drawing, Academia Leonardo da Vinci, Barcelona.