Alvin J. Roy is a native Houstonian. He began to draw and paint while still in elementary school. After graduating from Houston Technical Institute in 1974, he honed his skills in the area of Graphics, Commercial Art and Interior Decorating. After completing high school, Roy studied briefly at the Pratt Institute in New York before embarking upon a military career in the United States Marine Corps at the close of the Vietnamese war.
Alvin's interest in art has never waned and he continued to work at his craft. His stint in the Marine Corps allowed him extensive travel to many places. He studied art and exhibited in Japan and Washington D.C., before getting an honorable discharge
Alvin's work shows his eclectic taste. His cool abstractions come from an art historical tradition that arose at the beginning of this century. He is influenced by such artists as Max Ernst, Wilfredo Lam, and Wassily Kandinsky. Alvin also acknowledges his indebtedness to African art, which Picasso and his cohorts studied in their experimental abstract works. Reductionism in his work has resulted in a vast distillation of form. He has chosen to include the basic geometric form in various applications. Picasso's influence is seen in some works with vestiges of analytical and synthetic cubism. Alvin also seems to be heavily influenced by the African American music tradition such as jazz as well as other themes. His body of work pays homage to the artists that have inspired him. It is a representative body that has been evolving over twenty years.
He has exhibited nationally and internationally and his work has been shown in many museums and galleries and is a part of many public and private collections.