Alvin Roy'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.