Alvina was born on August 4, 1954, at Jemez Pueblo just north of Albuquerque.N.M, where she lives today and has lived most of her life. She is a member of the Jemez Sun Clan and is the daughter of Nick and Felipita (Moshe) Yepa and the grandaughter of Frank and Louisa Fragua Toledo and Cristino and Juanita Fragua Yepa.
Alvina was eight years old when she started helping her mother paint and polish pots and learned traditional pottery making from her mother who's native name, "Moshe" means pottery. Her pots are made using the traditional coil method (no wheel) and are fired outside in the traditional manner using cedar wood. The clay is natural and is gathered from the ground in the area and is processed to build the pots. Her teardrop opening and her radiating feather motif etched (called sgrafitto) on the upper body of the a pot or jar are her own special designs.
In 1986 Alvina began entering her work in the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) Santa Fe Indian Market. Since then Alvina has become nationally acclaimed and has been the recipient of many, many prestigious awards. Her pottery has been exhibited by the Booth Western Art Museum and the Heard Museum. She and her work have also been featured in books on Pueblo pottery, including "Southern Pueblo Pottery": 2000 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf and "Pueblo and Navajo Contemporary Pottery" Second Edition by Berger & Schiffer.
Today, Alvina's works make up the collections of museums, a university, and private collectors both here and abroad.