Oil canvases

Alfredo Gisholt was born in Mexico City on May 5, 1971. At the age of 17, Alfredo made a trip to europe for six months that awakened his passion and 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 Academy of San Carlos, where he studied with Jose Salat and Jorge Chuey. During this period, from 1991 to 1994, he created the CCT (Tajín Cultural Center); alongside with Miguel Calderon, Fernando Ortega and Yoshua Okón, the CCT was an alternative space in which they organized exhibitions to show their work to the art community.

Given the informal nature of the exhibitions and artistic exploration of art that it promoted, the CCT began to have a major presence in the environment of young artists. Then the project became “La Panaderia” (The Bakery), a space that was crucial in Mexico in the 90!s for the promotion of conceptual art and other styles that were part of the mainstream at the time. However, for Gisholt, these new trends did not cover some aspects of art that where essential to him.

Oil canvases

In search of intellectual and technical training in the craft of painting, in 1994 Gisholt returned to Florida to finish his degree in fine arts where he graduated in 1996. Then moved to Maynard, a small town in Massachusetts, where he set up a study with the aim of engaging and concentrating solely to painting. However, a year later Gisholt decided to enroll at Boston University, where he got the opportunity to study with John Walker, the English painter. For the next two years he painted in Boston and in 2000 he obtained a Masters in 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, he focused on the design and research of European art, mostly from the Venetian school style. Later, with the support of the Dedalus Foundation,Gisholt spent half a year traveling thru Spain visiting museums and creating artists’ books.

Finally in 2001, he returned to America where he was invited to be a professor at Boston University, teaching courses in the master’s program. Thus, he began his career as a professor, next to John Walker, Graham Campbell and Richard Ryan.

At the same time his career took on a new dimension as an artist with exhibitions in the United States and Mexico. In 2002, he traveled to London with the support of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. From 2004 to date, Gisholt serves as a professor of painting and printmaking at Brandeis University. Currently he has a studio in Waltham, Massachusetts, where he works in his large format works and pieces. He also collaborates making prints at Wingate Studio, a studio directed by the well known engraver, Peter Pettengill.

He has been awarded numerous grants from foundations of international prestige such as the George and Helen Segal, Dedalus, and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial and the Blanche E. Colman Foundation. Gisholt also received the Norman award, granted by the Brandeis University. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of the University of Maine, Richard and Dolly Maas Gallery at Purchase College in New York and the 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.


Solo Exhibitions

2018Within the Frame, Curated by Mariana Valdes, Forma 110, Houston, TX
2017Recent Work, Lunder Arts Center, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
2016On Paper, Katy Contemporary Art Museum, Katy, TX
2015Canto y Calavera, Houston Community College
Canto y Calavera, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TX
2014Canto General, CUE Art Foundation, New York
Ficción Particular, NM Contemporaneo, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
Canto General, a suite of prints, University of Maine Museum of Art, ME
2011Obra reciente, Recent work, Galeria Navarro Valdes, Valle de Bravo, Mexico
2010Ceremonies of Mud, University of Maine Museum of Art, ME.
Barrancos de Escaleras, Recinto Project Room, Mexico City, Mexico
2008La Romeria, Two Paintings and an Exhibition of Recent Work, Alfredo Gisholt and Sean Downey, The Lincoln Building, Waltham, MA

2004Monks, Warriors and Revolutions, Alfredo Gisholt and Joel Werring, curated by Sergio Fernandez, The Richard and Dolly Maas Gallery, Purchase College (SUNY), Purchase, NY
2003De la Luna al Pueblo, Espacio Arte Contemporáneo CBM, Mexico City México. Reforma (newspaper review) December 7th, 2003, Mexico City,
2002Flowers for a Revolution, Alfredo Gisholt, George Sherman Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA
Conversations in the Studio, Paintings by Alfredo Gisholt and Nadine Zanow, Fort Point Art Gallery, November, Boston, MA
2001Tormentas e Interiores, Galería Mana, October, México City, México
1994Recent Paintings, Centro Cultural Tajin, Mexico City, Mexico

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017Beyond, Curated by Michael Holden, Park Place Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
High Rock Tower, Ess Ef Eff Curatorial Colective, Brooklyn, NY
Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Silent Auction exhibition, Houston, TX
Recent Acquisitions, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME
2015Colored Mud, curated by Kayla Mohammadi, Fenway Studios, Boston, MA
Paper Today, curated by Mariana Valdes, Houston Art Fair, Houston, TX
2014Canto General – a suite of prints, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME
Sequence and Seriality, Calico, curated by Bartek Walicki, Brooklyn, NY
2012Hung Jury, curated by Susan Metrican, Boston, MA
Faculty Exhibition, Boston University, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA
2011Voces y Resonancias, NM Contemporaneo, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
AG GA, Alfredo Gisholt and Alberto Gironella, Recinto Project Room, Mexico City,

2010Mexican Masters, Galeria Navarro Valdes, Valle de Bravo, Mexico
Reunited, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY
2009Tradition / Invention, 5 Emerging Artists, Marist College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY
2008Winter Solstice, The Lincoln Building, Waltham, MA

2007Summer Invitational, Nielsen Gallery, Boston, MA
The South Press Print Show, The Carillon Gallery, Forth Worth TX
On Paper: Prints by Contemporary Artists, Northern Essex Community College,
Haverhill, MA

2006Spot On, Exhibition by Brandeis Faculty, cRose Art Museum, Brandeis University,
Waltham, MA
2005Boston Printmakers Biennale, Boston University 808 Gallery, Boston, MA
2002Award Winning Alumni, Group Show, George Sherman Gallery Boston University, Boston, MA
Faculty Exhibition, Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA
2000New Talent, Glassmountain Gallery, Bantam, CT
M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Boston University 808 Gallery, Boston, MA
New Art Series, Massachusetts College of Art, March, Boston, MA
1999Bon Fire, Boston University, October, Boston, MA
The New Romantics, Boston University, November, Boston, MA

Awards and Grants

2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, Painting, finalist
2012 Norman Award, Brandeis University, Painting
2009 Blanche E. Colman Foundation Award, Painting
2006 Poses Grant for the completion of a Suite of Intaglio  prints by the Brandeis Faculty at Wingate Studio, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
2005 George and Helen Segal Foundation Fellowship, Painting
Norman Award, Painting Project, Brandeis University
Poses Grant for the execution of a Suite of Intaglio prints by the Brandeis Faculty at Wingate Studio, Brandeis University
2002 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Fellowship in Painting, New York, NY
2000 Dedalus Foundation, Painting Fellowship, New York, NY
1998 – 2000 Graduate Fellowship in Painting, Boston University

Publications and Writing

2018 Beer with a Painter: Alfredo Gisholt, Jennifer Samet, Hyperallergic
2016 Blanca Gonzalez, Unity in Space, On Paper, catalogue essay
2015 Alfredo Gisholt, Inevntio magazine, UAEM publication. Featured artist.
2014 Alfredo Gisholt Canto General, Kara L. Rooney, The Brooklyn Rail, March
Conversation with Alfredo Gisholt, Interview by Brett Baker, Painter’s Table Blog
Where Imagination Resides: Alfredo Gisholt’s Canto General, Essay by Leah Triplett
2012 Draw it with your eyes closed: the art of the art assignment, Edited by Paper Monument,Published 2012, Contributor
2010 Barrancos de Escaleras, Exhibition catalogue, Essays by Dushko Petrovich and Federico Marquez Padilla
Infinite Responses, State of the Arts magazine, Brandeis University