Rodrigo Alvarez was born in Rivera, Uruguay, later moving south to Nueva Palmira, Colonia. Unable to overcome the country’s economic hardship, Rodrigo eventually relocated to the United States. He attended Penn Valley Metropolitan Community College; limited by his immigration status, his dream of education faded, and his artistic abilities would soon be affected by his legal impediments. After obtaining DACA status, Rodrigo was free to focus on his love of art and once again practice one of his specialties – creating metal sculptures. In September of 2017, Rodrigo was presented with the opportunity to make a mural for the
Kansas City Public Schools District for Richardson Early Learning Center, which later proved to be a turning point in his art career. Sponsored by United Way of Greater Kansas City, and in partnership with Isaac Tapia, Rodrigo completed two murals that call Richardson Early Learning Center their home. Rodrigo and Isaac, with the banner of IT-RA, have since collaborated with beautifying the growing city of Kansas City, one street and local business at a time.