He has a MFA in Illustration As Visual Essay by the School of Visual Art in New York. Hotel Pandemonium is an interactive  picture  ebook developed for the Ipad as Thesis Project of the MFA -Illustration as Visual Essay at the School of Visual Arts of New York.

The artwork was developed in full-color for the exhibition while the App was mostly black & white to strengthen the “noir” atmosphere. “Hotel Pandemonium” was written, drawn and programmed into an “app” by Rafa Alvarez with the great support of SVA faculty David Sandlin (thesis coordinator), Marcos Chin (illustration advisor) and Matthew Richmond (tech advisor).