He was born in Madrid on November 18th, 1965. Being the son of an architect and a painter's grandson, he is brought up in a markedly artistic environment. Ever since his school years, he manifests an early inclination towards drawing, and in 1983 he enters the faculty of Fine Arts at the UCM. After obtaining his degree in 1988, he devotes himself exclusively to painting. In 1995 he and his family move to a house-studio located in Arganda del Rey (Madrid), where he currently lives and works.
The artist--involved in Madrid's Realism-- has received numerous prizes and awards throughout the years, among which stand out the painting award "Pedro Bueno", granted by the Villa del Rio (Cordoba) City Council in 1992, the medal of honor at the 4th Award for Painting-Architecture and Urban Landscape by the Antonio Camuñas Foundation in Madrid (1999) and the award granted by the Pilar Banus Foundation, during the 11th National Engraving Awards by the Spanish Contemporary Engraving Foundation-Museum in Marbella (2003).
As the winner of the Penagos Drawing Prize by the Mapfre Foundation in 1997, he meets the art gallery director Leandro Navarro, who was part of the jury at the time, and they start a long collaborative relationship. In 1999 and 2001, he takes part in the exhibitions "Rosas para el 2000" ("Roses for 2000") and "Nocturnos" ("Nocturnal") at the Leandro Navarro Gallery, where he opens an individual exhibition in the year 2008. Other art rooms and galleries exhibiting Alvaro Toledo's work include: the Sammer Gallery of Modern Art in Madrid, the Municipal Savings Bank of Pamplona, Miguel Espel Gallery in Madrid, Aroya Gallery in Zaragoza, Ansorena Gallery in Madrid, La Aurora Gallery in Murcia and Vértice Gallery in Oviedo.
The artist's public and private collections are nowadays available at the Villa del Rio (Cordoba) City Council, the Acciona Collection of Madrid, Endesa Collection (Madrid), Sando Collection (Malaga), Community of Madrid, Antonio Camuñas Foundation (Madrid), "Estudio" Foundation (Madrid), Mapfre-Vida Foundation (Madrid), Spanish Contemporary Engraving Foundation-Museum in Marbella (Malaga) and the Complutense University of Madrid.