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Hilario Alonso Castillo
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: ARTIST STATEMENT "Painting is like an open door. Once you walk through it a journey begins. Nature and the cycle of life are my inspiration. I use multiple layers of color and shapes to echo the covering and uncovering process of the earth and its constant movement. Through painting I transcend the actual experiences that inspire me to discover them on a spiritual level." - H.A. For Alonso, painting is about the process; the space upon which ideas are grappled with, or revealed. Planning and intentions vanish when engagement with the materials trigger spontaneous acts. Alonso's method is enteric; moving from wall to floor, and turning the canvas in all directions. Each section gives way to the next, as multiple stories begin to take shape. The result is a demonstration of "pictorial unconscious." Stunningly sensitive to the power and vulnerability of memory, man, and the polyculture in which we exist. Alonso is a member of the Art Students League of New York, where he has studied painting, drawing and sculpture with teachers: William Scharf, Larry Poons, Anthony Palumbo, and Charles Hinman. He lives and works in New York City.
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2012 'Life Celebration', solo show at the Other Room, Tribeca, New York 2011 ‘30 Artists 30 Years’, international juried exhibition. Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York 'Figuratively Speaking', at the Loom, Brooklyn, NY 2010 Short video at Macy Gallery, Columbia University, New York 2009 Solo show, Eventa 2008 'Breaking The Skin', New York 2007 'French, American Ties Fostered', Betty Mix Studio at FIAF 'Fact and Metaphor', CWOW Seton Hall University School of Law, New Jersey 2006 'Art for Change', group show at the Museum of the City of New York The Carlitos Gallery and Cultural Center 2003 Cork Gallery at the Lincoln Center, New York The Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York
PREFORMANCES
2012 'Us as Canvas' in collaboration with Olga Rudenko, Harlem Open Studios, New York City 'Step into Somebody Else's Shoes', in collaboration with Olga Rudenko. 8 to 8 State of Creative Emergency, Union Square, New York City
VIDEOS: 2010'The Man Searching for Himself', Macy Gallery, Columbia University, New York
 








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