Iliann Alvarez was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She moved to Kansas City, Missouri where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute in May of 2018. Iliann creates multi-media sculptures primarily using clay and fiber to create pieces that are influenced by decorative arts in fashion and domestic settings. Her artwork ranges from tile pieces to installation work. Iliann is currently a visual artist resident at the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO and will be a Project Network Resident at Guldagergaard – International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark in January 2020.