Carlos Alonso

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Carlos Alonso
Carlos Alonso (1979)
Born 4 February 1929
Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina
Nationality Argentine
Education Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes
Known for Painter, draftsman and printmaker
Movement Social realist;
New realist
Awards 1957, First Prize, Emecé Contest

Carlos Alonso (born Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina, 4 February 1929), is a contemporary Argentine painter, draftsman and printmaker. Though he was a Social realist in his early career, he is best known as a New realist.[1] Beef is a common element in his work.[2]

Early years[edit]

Born in Tunuyán, where he lived until age seven, he later moved with his family to Mendoza. At the age of fourteen, he entered the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes where he studied under Sergio Sergi in drawing and engraving, Lorenzo Dominguez in sculpture, and Bernareggi Francisco and Ramón Gomez Cornet[3] in painting. At the National University of Cuyo, he studied with Lino Enea Spilimbergo.[4]


Alonso received his first award in 1947. In 1951, he won first prize at the Salon of Painting in San Rafael, the North Hall in Santiago del Estero, and drawing at the Salon del Norte Tucumán. In 1953, Alonso exhibited at the Gallery Viau of Buenos Aires, then traveled to Europe where he exhibited in Paris and Madrid. In 1957, he won the competition held by Emecé Editores to illustrate the second part of Don Quixote,[5] and Martín Fierro in 1959. In 1961, he won the Premio Chantal del Salón de Acuarelistas y Grabadores of Buenos Aires. In the same year, while visiting London, he discovered acrylic painting techniques. His Don Quixote pictures were published on postcards in the Soviet Union in 1963.

His work, characterized by expressive power and social commitment,[6] has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions, including at the Art Gallery International (Buenos Aires), where, in 1967, some 250 of his works relating to Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy were exhibited. Other exhibitions included the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, as well as tapestries and collages at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana in Cuba. In 1971, his works were exhibited in European galleries such as Villa Giulia in Rome, the Eidos of Milan, and the Bedford in London.[1] In 2005, 400 years after Cervantes' work was published, the Museum of Design and Illustration held a tribute exhibition at Buenos Aires' Museo de Artes Plásticas Eduardo Sívori where Alonso's prints and original drawings were displayed. His illustrations have been included in the novel Mad Toy by Roberto Arlt.

Personal life[edit]

Alonso married the artist Ivonne Fauvety.[7] Following the coup of 1976, and the disappearance of his daughter Paloma (born 25 July 1956) the following year, Alonso went into exile in Italy, and in 1979, he moved to Madrid. He returned to Argentina two years later. The Bienal de Pintura Paloma Alonso. named in her honor, is a 1990 joint initiative of Alonso and Teresa Nachman.[8]

Alonso is the uncle of the chess grandmaster Salvador Alonso.

Partial works[edit]

  • Alonso, C. (2007). Carlos Alonso, ilustrador. Buenos Aires: Fundación Alon.


  1. ^ a b "Carlos Alonso Biography". Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Carlos Alonso". Archived from the original on 20 June 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Catlin, Stanton Loomis; Terence Grieder (1966). Art of Latin America since independence (Digitized Aug 26, 2008 ed.). Yale University. p. 159. 
  4. ^ Anreus, Alejandro; Diana L. Linden; Jonathan Weinberg (2006). The social and the real: political art of the 1930s in the western hemisphere. Refiguring modernism. 4. Penn State Press. p. 320. ISBN 0-271-02691-X. 
  5. ^ Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Argentina) (1970). Pintura argentina -- promoción internacional (Digitized Mar 31, 2008 ed.). Fundación Lorenzutt. p. 78. 
  6. ^ "Libros del Zorro Rojo" (PDF). Barcelona, Spain. p. 12. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 25, 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "IV Bienal de Pintura". Retrieved 16 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "Biennial Paloma Alonso". Retrieved 16 March 2010.