Alfonso Ossorio, ‘Figure ’, 1950, Galerie F. Hessler
Alfonso Ossorio, ‘Figure ’, 1950, Galerie F. Hessler

About Alfonso Ossorio

Alfonso Ossorio synthesized Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Art Brut styles over the course of his career. His early works were inspired by Surrealism, although he created these paintings by pouring oil and enamel paint onto canvas—a technique aligned with abstract expressionist art. A meeting with Jean Dubuffet sparked Ossorio’s interest in Art Brut, as he was drawn to the form’s shedding of fine art preconceptions. Ossorio’s career is marked by an oscillation between the influences of Jackson Pollock and Dubuffet—both of whom the artist was friends with—and experimentation with abstraction and figuration. “Congregations,” a series of Dubuffet-inspired assemblages, evoke a Catholic spirit and decorative energy that is characteristic of Ossorio’s paintings.

Filipino-American, 1916-1990

Group Shows

2009
New York, NY, United States,
Abstract Expressionism: Further Evidence (Part One: Painting)
2005
New York, NY, United States,
Eye Contact: Painting and Drawing in American Art
2001
New York, NY, United States,
1950-1965: Abstraction on Paper
2000
New York, NY, United States,
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery: The First Decade
1999
New York, NY, United States,
Linear Impulse
1998
New York, NY, United States,
Essence of the Orb
1995
New York, NY, United States,
Exploring the Unknown: Surrealism in American Art
1994
New York, NY, United States,
Counterpoints: American Art: 1930-1945
1993
New York, NY, United States,
On Paper: The Figure in Twentieth Century American Art