Alfredo Castañeda

Mexico City, 1938 - Madrid, 2010

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Each painting by Alfredo Castañeda shows us the artistic features necessary to make it the best entrance to the house of mysteries that is his work. Just stand in front of one of his paintings to be sure that we are at the entrance of a world, in front of a large and peculiar space that has much to tell us. Thus, Alfredo Castaneda is the type of painter who from the first painting reveals the depth of his searches and, at the same time, the height of his flight.

In each of its strokes we see the same fire burning, the same enigma sung with different music. Behind so many eyes that look at us from his painting, we see the same strangeness, the same melancholy stillness; many times the same light smile. Because in each one of his images is concentrated with intensity the expressive force that inhabits him. Some of him burns in his canvas and, dissipating the smoke, appear before our eyes his characters full of searches. Where are they going? Where do they come from? What do they crave? What do they carry inside? (Source: "La casa del misterio y de la sonrisa", by Alberto Ruy Sánchez, at Alfredo Castañeda, 1989)

There are many situations where the enigmatic character of Alfredo Castaneda emerges: at least one for each painting of his. A treasure hunter in bed, sick, with his decorations next to him, a map and twelve palm trees almost over the horizon. A "rich young man" whose body is a cupboard of oranges. A swimmer whose body slips and reflects in the water halfway. A man at a table who remembers and sees his memories coming out of the wall like old photographs falling on his desk. A shepherd with a single sheep in a sea of sheep. A man decorated by very modest emblems of his life trajectory (a truck ticket for his travels, for example). A distraught Saint Mark covering his lion with a sheet. (Source: "La casa del misterio y de la sonrisa", by Alberto Ruy Sánchez, at Alfredo Castañeda, 1989)


Alfredo Castañeda Main Solo Exhibitions


1972 Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City

1973 Oraciones, retratos y adivinanzas, Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City

1975 De ésta y de la otra orilla, Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City

1976 Del común de los Santos, Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City

1978 Del Purgatorio, recordatorios, visiones y testimonios, Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City

1979 Dias de visita, Promociones de las Artes, A.C., Monterrey, N.L.

1980 Acercamientos, El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City

1986 ¡Si tú y yo lo supiéramos!, Mary Anne Martin Fine Art, New York.

1989 Del Edén Circular, Mary Anne Martin Fine Art, New York

1990 Presentación de su Monografía, textos de Alberto Ruy Sánchez y Edward Sullivan, Mexico City

1992 En cierto sentido, Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City

1993 Los pasos comunicantes, ARCO 93, Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain

1995 El secreto del secreto, ARCO 95, Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I, Madrid, Spain

1996 El propio Abismo, Art Miami 96, Florida

1996 "Alfredo Castañeda", ARCO 96, Madrid, Spain

1996 "Alfredo Castañeda: Retrospectiva 1969-1996", Instituto de México, Madrid, Spain

1997 "Alfredo Castañeda", ARCO 97, Madrid, Spain

2003 "Alfredo Castañeda: 20 años trabajando con Nueva York", Mary Anne Martin Fine Art, New York

2005 Entrar en lo abierto, ARCO 05, Madrid, Spain

2007 Para hacerse visible, Mary Anne Martin Fine Art, New York