Alvarado, Antonio (1938–)

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Alvarado, Antonio (1938–)

Antonio Alvarado (b. 1938), Panamanian abstract painter. Although he studied under the figurative painter Alberto Dutary (b. 1932), Alvarado's early works showed a keen awareness of international trends such as abstract expressionism. A UNESCO grant in 1969 allowed him to travel to Japan, where he was influenced by oriental art, Zen, and Buddhism.

In his drawings, serigraphs, and bright acrylic paintings, Alvarado experiments with reducing art to its essential forms, and his work ranges from precise, hard-edge paintings like Homenaje a Varèse (1972) to such strong gestural compositions as Buda No. 120 (1981). In the 1970s, he held the position of director of the Department of Visual Arts of Panama's Instituto Nacional de Cultura.

See alsoArt: The Twentieth Century .


Gilbert Chase, Contemporary Art in Latin America (1970).

Damián Boyón, Artistas contemporáneos de América Latina (1981).

Additional Bibliography

Salón las Perlas. Expo-trayectorias: décadas 1950–1960–1970–1980: 12 grandes de la pintura Panameña: Antonio Alvarado, et al.: Salón las Perlas, Panamá, 28 agosto, 1984. Panamá: Club Unión de Panama, 1984.

                                         Monica E. Kupfer

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