Biography of Carlos Alonso (1929-VVVV)

Painter, draftsman and etcher Argentine, attached to the movement of social realism, born in Tunuyán, Mendoza (Argentina), in 1929.

He made his artistic studies at the Academy of fine arts of Mendoza, institution in which joined in 1944, and where he/she received the teaching of the master Ramón Gómez Cornet. Later, he/she studied at the National University of whose and obtained his first professional success when it awarded first prize in the student lounge of 1947. The following year he/she showed his worth as an engraver, activity developed with great talent, in the living room Dante Alighieri, of Mendoza, where he/she was awarded first prize in engraving.

In 1950 he/she travelled to Tucumán and received the Spilimbergomaster classes. The career of the young artist was strengthening, stimulated by the numerous awards he/she received in these years: in 1951, you were awarded first prize in drawing in the North Hall, of Tucumán, the prize stimulus to painting in the North Hall, of Santiago del Estero, and first prize in painting San Rafael, Mendoza. In 1952 he/she made his first exhibition at the Gallery, Mendoza Giménez; and a year later presented his work in the capital, Buenos Aires, at the Viau Gallery. Thanks to a contract with the gallery it was able to travel to Europe in 1954 and showed his work in many exhibitions in Paris and Madrid.

His talent as an artist was awarded in the contest which convened the publishing house Emecé in 1957 in order to designate an illustrator for an edition of the second part of Don Quixote de la Mancha. Years later, in 1959, he/she illustrated for this publishing an edition of the poem Martín Fierro; These were not his only work as an Illustrator. Very gifted for this discipline, he/she carried out the illustration of many literary works, among other Creole ballads, anthology of Juan, Juguete rabioso, Irene, lesson of Anatomy and Mano a mano.

In 1959 his good work was again recognized with an award, this time obtained the Chantal prize of the Hall watercolorists and engravers of Buenos Aires.

In 1961 he/she made a trip to London that would have a transcendent importance in his later paintings, as it was in this city where he/she discovered the then newly appeared the acrylic technique. In the 1960s he/she received again two awards for his drawings and explained, in the Art Gallery International from Buenos Aires, his series of drawings done for an edition of the Divine Comedy. It was in the 1970s when he/she joined the trend called new realism, after an exhibition in Rome which took place in 1972. In 1979 he/she exhibited in the Palatine Gallery of Buenos Aires. He/She continued working regularly with this gallery between 1982 and 1996.

The National Museum of fine arts in Mexico and the Museo de Arte de La Habana (Cuba) have dedicated two exhibitions; in this last presented a series of tapestries and collages. The painting of Alonso is somewhat cryptic and perhaps part of the richness of his work lies in his way to raise simultaneously subjective and the rational.


LUCIE-SMITH, Edward: Latin American art of the 20th century (Barcelona, Ediciones destination, 1994).