Alfonso Ossorio, ‘Mandrake’, 1946, Blum & Poe

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

Exhibition Highlights

2016
New York,
Alfonso Ossorio: Congregations, 1959–1969, A Centennial Celebration
2013
New York, NY, United States,
Alfonso Ossorio: Blood Lines, 1949-1953
2002
New York, NY, United States,
Alfonso Ossorio: Horror Vacui: Filling the Void - A Fifty Year Survey
1998
New York, NY, United States,
Alfonso Ossorio: The Child Returns, 1950-Philippines
1997
New York, NY, United States,
Alfonso Ossorio: The Shingle Figures, 1962-63

Solo Shows

2016
New York,
Alfonso Ossorio: Congregations, 1959–1969, A Centennial Celebration
2013
New York, NY, United States,
Alfonso Ossorio: Blood Lines, 1949-1953
2002
New York, NY, United States,
Alfonso Ossorio: Horror Vacui: Filling the Void - A Fifty Year Survey
1998
New York, NY, United States,
Alfonso Ossorio: The Child Returns, 1950-Philippines
1997
New York, NY, United States,
Alfonso Ossorio: The Shingle Figures, 1962-63
1996
New York, NY, United States,
Reflection and Redemption: The Surrealist Art of Alfonso Ossorio, 1939-1949

Group Shows

2014
New York, NY, United States,
Solitary Soul
2011
New York, NY, United States,
Otherworldliness
2009
New York, NY, United States,
Abstract Expressionism: Further Evidence (Part One: Painting)
2007
New York, NY, United States,
Body Beware: 18 American Artists
2005
New York, NY, United States,
Eye Contact: Painting and Drawing in American Art
2005
New York, NY, United States,
Organic New York, 1941-1949
2003
New York, NY, United States,
The 1940s: Modern American Art & Design
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