I’ve been painting five days now next to the sea in Maine. It’s low tide now and I can see the stones that I’ve been painting. The tide changes drastically and I lose my subject every time it rises, so I have to be very efficient, and soon after the whole morning goes to hell because I end up painting only water. During the first few days the weather was pretty good. Yesterday it rained a lot and I had to put up a tarp to continue working. I realized why I had come to paint here; it has nothing to do with painting landscapes and going back with finished canvases. Being in the same place for five days, a lot of things go through your head. When the weather was more fucked up, with wind and rain pounding down on my face, plastic shopping bags over my shoes, this damn fucking cold, I realized that all of this shit is about overcoming your circumstances. The more ridiculous it was to be painting, anything was possible. Everything indicated for me not to continue: a young man from Mexico City used to the pavement, painting under the rain – it didn’t make sense. My paintings getting lousier and lousier, but I never stopped. Soon after, the tide went down again and I wasn’t seeing stones any longer, I could see the whole world. Everything seemed different, as if I had opened my eyes for the first time. I no longer gave a shit about the stones that had been so important before- I want to paint the whole world. I had thought so much about my paintings that I forgot to see the world. -Alfredo Gisholt –
Alfredo Gisholt was born in Mexico City on May 5, 1971. At the age of 17 years made a trip to Europe for six months that awakened in him a deep interest in art. In 1989 he joined Florida International University where he began his formal studies in painting. Two years later he left college briefly to return to Mexico. He joined the San Carlos Academy where he studied with Jose Jorge Salat and Chuey. During this period, from 1991 to 1994, I along with Miguel Calderon and Yoshua Okon Fernando Ortega, CST (Tajin Cultural Center), an alternative space where exhibitions organized to showcase their work to the art community. Given the informal nature of the exhibitions and artistic exploration of art that promoted the CST began to have a major presence in the environment of young artists. Later in the project became “The Bakery”, a space that was crucial in Mexico in the nineties for the promotion of conceptual art and other streams that were part of the mainstream. However, for these nuevAas trends Gisholt not cover other aspects of art that were essential to him.
In search of intellectual and technical training in the craft of painting, in 1994 Gisholt returned to Florida to finish the race in fine arts and graduated in 1996. He then moved to Maynard, a small town in Massachusetts where he set up a study with the aim of relying solely on painting. But a year later Gisholt decided to enter the Boston University studying with John Walker, English painter. For the next two years he painted in Boston and in 2000 he obtained a Master of Fine Arts. That same year he moved to Venice for six months where he worked as a custodian of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, during this period focused on the design and research of European art, mostly from the Venetian school. Later, with the support of the Dedalus Foundation, spent six months traveling in Spain visiting museums and creating artists’ books.
Finally, in 2001 returned to America where he was invited to teach at Boston University, teaching courses in the master’s program. Thus began his career as a professor, next to John Walker, Graham Campbell and Richard Ryan. At the same time his career took on new dimensions as an artist with exhibitions in the U.S. and Mexico. In 2002 he traveled to London with the support of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
From 2004 to date Gisholt serves as professor of painting and engraving at Brandeis University. Currently a studio in Waltham, Massachusetts, where she works in large format work. Also engraves the Wingate Studio directed by Peter Pettengill recorder. Has been awarded numerous grants from foundations of international prestige as the George and Helen Segal, Dedalus, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Blanche E. Colman. Norman also received the award given by Brandeis University.
He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of the University of Maine, Richard and Dolly Maas Gallery, Purchase College in New York and Mana Gallery in Mexico. He has participated in numerous exhibitions including the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Marist College, Denise Bibro Gallery in New York and the Nielsen Gallery in Boston.
Links about Alfredo
Kara Rooney, Brooklyn rail http://www.brooklynrail.org/2014/03/artseen/alfredo-gisholt-canto-general
Works by Alfredo
Alfredo is part of the “new contemporary abstraction.” Expressionist and expanded between figuration and abstraction, Alfredo sets out a series of proposals laden pictorial and artistic symbols in which he questions the boundaries of painting, expresses its capabilities, expands its range of expression and makes it vibrate matter, through variegated compositions of bright colors that contrast and faint within the same work. – Mariana Valdes, May 2010 –