Alfonso A. Ossorio biography

Alfonso A. Ossorio

Painting, Visual Artist

1916 – 1990


Who was Alfonso A. Ossorio?

Alfonso A. Ossorio was an abstract expressionist artist who was born in Manila in 1916 to wealthy Filipino parents from the province of Negros Occidental. His heritage was Hispanic, Filipino, and Chinese. Between the ages of eight and thirteen, he attended school in England. At age fourteen, he moved to the United States. Ossorio attended Portsmouth Priory in Rhode Island, graduating in 1934. From 1934 to 1938, he studied fine art at Harvard University and then continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. He became an American citizen in 1933 and served as a medical illustrator in the United States Army during World War II.

Ossorio's early work was surrealist. He was an admirer and early collector of the paintings of Jackson Pollock who counted him as a good friend, and whose works influenced and were influenced by Ossorio. In the early 1950s, Ossorio was pouring oil and enamel paints onto canvas in the style of the first abstract expressionist movement in the US.

In 1950, he was commissioned by the parish of St.


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Aug 2, 1916
Also known as
  • Alfonso Ossorio
  • United States of America
  • Harvard University
    Fine art
    ( - 1938)
  • Rhode Island School of Design
Lived in
  • Negros Occidental
Dec 5, 1990
New York City

on July 23, 2013

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