Carlos Alfonzo

Cuban Art Carlos AlfonzoCarlos Alfonzo
Period: Contemporary
1950 – 1991

Alegorias (Allegories)1988,

mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board

22 x 30 inches SOLD

Carlos Alfonzo was born in Havana, Cuba in 1950. He went to the San Alejandro School of Plastic Arts and then to the Cuban Academy from 1969 to 1972. A year later, he attended the University of Havana, graduating in 1977.

Carlos Alfonzo died in Miami, FL in 1991.

“In Cuba I was a well known artist. I had found a formula –swarms of little figurines and the integration of literary texts–through which I could deal with many themes without raising suspicion or criticism. Painters younger than I were told that I was something like the limit of what was allowed, to go beyond could cause problems with the cultural authorities. When I arrived in the United States it took me more than a year to start painting again. The arrival, the trip from the Port of Mariel, was a shock. My fundamental search has been in the structural form, in how to paint an image, in how to let the hand go. This has been my only preoccupation, since I have never had conceptual conflicts with my work. My interest as a painter is to create new symbols, rather than employ conventional imagery. My identification with religion is that of creator more than interpreter. The symbology is important, the tongue for me represents oppression; the cross–and I use many crosses in my work– has mystical connotations, it represents a spiritual balance, sacrifice; the tears are a symbol of exile. My paintings have to do with my exile, with my personal drama as I see it.”

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