Dutary, Alberto (1932–1998)

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Dutary, Alberto (1932–1998)

Alberto Dutary (b. 3 July 1932, d. 23 March 1998), Panamanian painter. Dutary studied at the Escuela Nacional de Pintura in Panama (1950–1952) and in Madrid, at the San Fernando Academy (1953–1955) and the Escuela Nacional de Artes Gráficas (1956–1958). From 1962 until 1992, he was art professor in private schools and at the University of Panama, where he became the first director of the Fine Arts Career Program in 1987.

A notable draftsman and figurative painter, his works from the 1960s, including the "Santos" series, combined the surface textures of Spanish informalism with dramatic ghostlike figures. He later turned to more realistic, and at times surrealistic, still lifes. In the 1970s, he focused on mannequinlike female figures that play with the concept of reality in paintings such as Figuras frente a la Bahía (1979).

See alsoArt: The Twentieth Century .


Stanton Loomis Catlin and Terence Grieder, Art of Latin America Since Independence (1966).

X. Zavala Cuadra et al., "Alberto Dutary: Pintor panameño," in Revista del Pensamiento Centroamericano, no. 155 (April-June 1977): 1-9.

Additional Bibliography

Toral, Demetrio C. "Alberto Dutary: In memoriam." Revista Cultural Lotería 425 (July-Aug. 1999): 5.

                                 Monica E. Kupfer