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Cuban Art Carlos AlfonzoCarlos Alfonzo
Period: Contemporary
1950 - 1991

Untitled (Labyrinth)
Sin Título (Laberinto), 1979
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
17 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches

Born in Havana, Cuba, Carlos Alfonzo began his formal art education at the School of San Alejandro, and later graduated from the University of Havana in 1977. After completing his studies at the university, he also taught art and exhibited in Cuba in spite of difficult conditions at the time. In 1980, Alfonzo fled from Cuba to Key West, Florida, during the Mariel boatlift. He eventually moved to Miami and developed a following in the local and national art scene. The artist worked with painting, sculpture, drawing, and ceramics, focusing his art mainly on the issues of oppression, exile, and the struggle for personal survival. In 1991, at age 40, the artist died of AIDS-related complications.

Works by Carlos Alfonzo have been collected by the Whitney Museum of American Art and Smithsonian Institution, as well as several other internationally recognized institutions.

 
 

Cuban Art Carlos Alfonzo C5636
I Am Alive and I Survive. I Grind an Infamous Lust
(Yo Estoy Vivo y Sobrevivo. Yo Muelo una Lujuria Infame)

Carlos Alfonzo
1976
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
25 3/8 x 19 1/4 inches
C5636
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Cuban Art Carlos Alfonzo 06360
Untitled [Labyrinth]
(Sin Título [Laberinto])

Carlos Alfonzo
1979
mixed media on heavy paper laid down on board
17 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches
06360
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Cuban Art Carlos Alfonzo 06914
Wake Up Story
(Historia para Despertarse)

Carlos Alfonzo
1988-89
oil on canvas
72 x 96 inches
06914
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