Raised on Guam in the western Pacific, Alzaruba attended high school in the Panama Canal Zone. He joined the Navy in 1974 for an eventful decade that resulted in an appointment with the Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron, in public affairs. He left the Navy in 1984 to pursue his BFA in Los Angeles and Paris, and finished his MFA at MICA in 1990. Twice he has been awarded a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship, along with 4 MD State grants, among others. In 2003-04 he was selected as a senior Fulbright Scholar to Seoul, Korea, where he helped open MICA's exchange program.
Currently he is a resident at Creative Paradox in Annapolis (until 5-14), then is off to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland in June, and he teaches Foundation classes at MICA. He is also a prison pastor at Central Booking downtown.
He has attended various residencies, including Rochefort-en-Terre, the Space Program in NYC, Sculpture Space and the Vermont Studio program. Among other collections, his work is in the Everson Museum, the Pentagon and Sung Kyun Kwan Art Museum in Seoul, Korea. He has so far constructed nine large scale public installations among more than 200 exhibitions. He works in several concurrent media, including sculpture, photography, performance, video, printmaking, bookmaking and painting- often combining them in experimental multi-room instillations, such as Ocean- at the Patterson (March 07)