ALBERTO ULLOA

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Alberto Ulloa was born a decade after revolutionary European artists migrated to Santo Domingo during the Spanish Civil War. The Spanish artists transplanted a wealth of knowledge,  innovative ideas and skills. Alberto Ulloa embraced their 20th-century art movement with his unique interpretation. He reaffirmed his own identity thus, pursued the path of other great Latin American and Caribbean artists.

Alberto was the second of eighteen children born to a tobacco and coffee farmer, Octavio Ulloa Martínez and his wife Élida Colón Moya. Their small farm was located in Altamira, a hilly town near the coastal city of Puerto Plata, in the northern region of the Dominican Republic.

The hot endless days began for a seven year old and his older brother Julio, accompanying their father in the daily pre-dawn routine of picking coffee, cropping and priming tobacco, harvesting beans and yucca and milking cows. A bath in cold rain water and a glass of warmed fresh milk with mashed plantains was breakfast. It was followed by a long walk to the one-room wooden schoolhouse several kilometers away.

Altamira was this young boy’s cosmos. A special  place for real and magical events, unusual life-forms, landscapes, neighbors, animals, insects and imaginary creatures from unknown worlds, were cultivated to become lifelong subjects. It also kindled an intrinsic and intense appreciation of color.

Ulloa is considered one of the greatest painters of the Dominican Republic of all times. He is the subject of four books that underscore his enormous contributions to Latin American art, including:  Alberto Ulloa, Visionario Fantástico, Alberto Ulloa, El Paraíso de las Invenciones, Alberto Ulloa, Tiempo de Nacer, Alberto Ulloa, Palabras de Colores.

While living in Spain his talents came to the attention of Queen Sophia. His works are now in the permanent collection of Palacio Real (Royal Palace) of Madrid and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. He is also in the permanent collections of Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico, and Museo de Arte Moderno, Dominican Republic.

He was an extraordinary sculptor and writer, publishing his own book of poetry and several novels. The prolific artist participated in hundreds of exhibits around the world.

Alberto Ulloa died October 1, 2011, leaving a remarkable body of work which merit analysis, criticism and investigation, to which this website is dedicated.