Alvin is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has spent a large portion of his life living in South Carolina. Alvin received his early academic training in the public schools of South Carolina. He received the greater of his artistic training in the museums, schools, and galleries in the Washington, D. C. area.
Alvin completed the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education from Claflin University in 1976. He graduated Magna Cum Laude. In 1980, Alvin received an American University Fellowship to pursue study in the university’s Master of Fine Arts Painting program. During his first year at American University, he was selected to participate in the prestigious David Lloyd Kreeger Award Exhibit. In 1981, Alvin received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from The American University in Washington, DC.
Since 1976, Alvin has been an active artist and teacher. He has taught in the public schools of Greenville, Florence, Orangeburg, and Colleton County. He has also worked in the art programs of Morris College, Voorhees College, South Carolina State University, and served as Art Department Chairman at Claflin University. Currently, he works as an artist-in-residence for Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, and adjunct professor at Claflin University. Mr. Staley is listed in several editions of “WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA” and “WHO’S WHO AMONG AMERICA’S TEACHERS.” He has exhibited his work nationally and has received numerous awards, including “BEST IN SHOW” at the 2003 and 2009 South Carolina State Fair Juried Art Exhibit. He is the “2002 NBSC OIL PAINTERS INVITATIONAL EXHIBIT” “First Place” winner. Alvin is represented in numerous collections throughout the country.
As an artist, Alvin works to establish convincing pictorial space within his compositions. Through his works, he resolves the problem of organizing spatial positions that have been altered using diverse degrees and types of light. Alvin strives to create compositions that are abstractly sound and realistically accurate. He achieves these results through his use of value modification, textural assimilation, line variation, and color harmony.
In terms of content, his artwork expresses his Christian beliefs, concerns, doctrines, and fascination with the souls of people. In many of his works, he utilizes scriptural references to identify the biblical passages related to the works. In various compositions, Alvin employs personalized icons that represent his visual concept of God. He places these icons within his works to express the relationship that exist between God and the subject or subjects portrayed. Through his portraits, Alvin strives to reveal the inner essence of the subject. Essentially, his works express the relationship that exists between God, his family, mankind, and himself. It is his hope that his artworks will glorify God, edify the saints, and enlighten humanity.