Ilayali Alvarez-Hallmark was born and raised in Mexico. She moved to the USA in 1966. In 1988, after raising two children and putting them through college, she returned to school to pursue a degree in Fine Arts. She graduated in 1999 with a degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. Since graduation she has had various solo exhibits and has participated in several group exhibits. During this time, she was also an assistant for Melchor Peredo, a Mexican fresco muralist at Southern Arkansas University. The artist designed an executed a mural project at the Centro Hispano in Little Rock, AR.
Ila moved to Jackson, MS in January of 2007 where she was accepted as a member of the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi. Currently she maintains a working studio in Jackson, MS. She has continued to share her craft as a drawing and painting instructor in Ridgeland, MS.
2000 43rd Annual Delta Exhibit at the Art Center in Little Rock, AR
Small Works on Paper Touring Exhibition by The Art Council of Arkansas
2002 Fables, Foibles, and Faith Solo Exhibit Gallery 26 Little Rock, AR
2003 53rd Annual Art Competition Forth Smith Art Center, recipient of 2003 Scholarship by Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts followed by additional solo exhibit Puertas y Ventanas de M Pasado Little Rock, AR
2004 Southeastern Juried Exhibition Mobile Museum of Art Mobile, AL
Legs, Eggs and Other Stories solo exhibit at Gallery 26 Little Rock, AR, Hanna Davis Gallery Memphis, TN,, Fisher Galleries Jackson, MS, The Craft Center, Ridgeland, MS, The Cedars Juried Art Exhibit Jackson, MS