January 30th, 1931 - July 28th, 2010
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Beware of Forgeries: Alvaro Guillot never painted plates or made plates of any kind. He never painted child like clowns. We will be happy to verify Alvaro's work for you at no charge. ______________________________________________________________________
Beware of Forgeries: Alvaro Guillot never painted plates or made plates of any kind. He never painted child like clowns. We will be happy to verify Alvaro's work for you at no charge.
Alvaro's Life, Style and Paintings
Shortly after speaking with his good friend Constance First, co-author of his authorized biography 'A Box of Watercolors', Alvaro Guillot quietly passed away at his home surrounded by many of his favorite paintings.
"How do I tell you! Well, it is the ambiance. I think you use the term atmosphere. Yes, the surrealist tries to capture the atmosphere of say a situation of circumstances in his paintings. I am not sure you understand what I mean by 'atmosphere.' Let's see, you know how you say a restaurant has a certain atmosphere, and how the atmosphere of one restaurant is different from that of another. Well, it is this atmosphere or feeling, so to speak, that the surrealist tries to paint." Alvaro Guillot, Palm Beach Daily News, March 27, 1965.
Many art collectors consider Alvaro Guillot to be one of the great artists of the second half of the 20th century. His paintings reflect romantic themes, exotic women, butterflies or fantasy landscapes. Each canvas tells a story that touches the soul. Collectors say each time they gaze upon an Alvaro canvas they see something new, the 'atmospheric' mystery.
Alvaro Guillot was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. After WWII, his family moved to Paris where he enjoyed life as a teenager and young man.
In the late 1950's, Alvaro moved from Paris to Hollywood and became an actor. He had major roles in the movies 'Pharaoh's Curse', 'Thunder in the Sun' and on TV's 'Sea Hunt'. He was often an 'extra' in many movies and TV shows as a person sitting in a cafe or walking on a street.
In 1960 he fell in love with a Broadway star and moved to New York. Later that year, while living in New York City, Alvaro became a fulltime professional artist. He did not begin his art career in France as many art dealers and websites have reported.
Art dealers picked up on several incorrect newspaper articles which claimed Alvaro was the son of a French diplomat or a French baron. Alvaro denied these claims and said that neither of his parents were actually diplomats or of royal blood lines. His parents were brilliant individuals, a renown handsome French college professor and a beautiful South American concert pianist. In his authorized biography Alvaro explains that Gregg Juarez, the famous international art dealer, made up the stories to help sell paintings. "Gregg was the king of sales. I never met anyone who could sell like him."
Alvaro was personal friends with many of the great twentieth century artists like Levier, Warhol, Mallory, and Dali. Some of these friends had great influence on Alvaro's early works. Alvaro chose a popular art style to work with and quickly became known as an extremely talented existentialist painter. Many of his first paintings were in the style of Dali and Picasso with some dishonest art dealers actually selling them as originals.
Dali and Alvaro met at a party in New York and became good friends. Alvaro was the only artist whom Dali demanded to co-show and sell paintings along side his own at the New York high end art galleries and private invitational parties.
Early in his career Alvaro painted under two names, Alvaro Guillot and Henri Cardiallac. He often stood on the streets of Manhattan selling his paintings for $20 each and sometimes traded them for rent. It wasn't long before Alvaro's work began to appear in high end art galleries throughout the United States and Europe. Although the same artist, Cardiallac paintings often sold for more than canvases signed with his real name.
Creating a style that constantly evolved, Alvaro experimented with natural surrealism. His later paintings are more defined as abstract realism.
'Alvaro Guillot has been described as a surrealist but his style veers from the term in the traditional sense. He is more concerned with blocks of color and the arrangement of shape within the canvas rather than in the nature of the subject matter itself.' John Ritter, Palm Beach Daily News, March 13, 1965
In many of Alvaro's paintings sharp geometric lines are used to define bold colors which illuminate each canvas as they realistically represent an interrelation of landscapes or sensual shapes. This becomes more evident in his still life paintings.
Alvaro sparingly used a special paint that actually refracts light giving his paintings a feeling of the sun shining in the background. Many collectors invited Alvaro into their home or office so he could design the lighting that reflected the true idea behind each canvas. To see the illuminations in the proper light enhances the surreal experience.
His popular paintings of mysterious exotic women projected sensual sweetness, bold strength and an alluring physical beauty without unmasking them. In many of his paintings a large poppy or other flower accents the canvas. His use of a poppy became known as his 'signature' style.
His fusion of patterns, relating them with distinguished shapes that naturally flow within the theme caught the attention of gallery owners, and more important, major newspaper art critics who published glowing reviews. Some say the best of Alvaro's early paintings used buildings and castles as the central subject. When he was a teenager and young man, Alvaro made deliveries for engineers and architects, including the world famous designer Le Cobusier. Alvaro would spend his spare time copying the drawings in blueprints and renderings. Alvaro commented, "I discovered I could draw them better than the people I worked for."
Besides selling paintings in the high end art galleries he was often asked to display his works at private parties and world famous restaurants like Patrick Terrail's 'Ma Maison'. After Alvaro's death Mr. Terrail commented, "When he was alive, like most great artists, Alvaro was never truly recognized as he should have been. He had real talent."
The published newspaper reviews and one man shows created a demand for his paintings. This changed Alvaro's status as an up and coming artist into one of the great world class modern painters of the 1960s through the mid-1980s.
Although born in Uruguay, Alvaro liked to tell people he was a French Artist from Paris.
Alvaro Guillot's many successful one man shows sold out to the rich and famous art patrons of New York, Paris, London, Beverly Hills, Miami Beach, Rome and Palm Beach. At the height of his career 'Alvaro' paintings were exclusively sold by renowned art galleries in America and Europe. Two of Alvaro's paintings are now part of the The NASA Art Gallery and the Smithsonian Museum Art Gallery.
Winner: France's Prix d'Harcourt Award 1967 Winner: NASA Art Grant
ONE-MAN SHOWS 1979 Elysee Club, Beverly Hills Calif. 1978 Ma Galerie, Los Angeles 1977 Galerie de La Marniere, Orval France 1976 Galerie Fatebenefratelli, Milan 1975 Galerie Berjonneau, Paris 1974 Henri Graziani, Qual Voltaire, Paris 1974 Jockey Club, Miami Fl. 1973 Godfrey Galleries, Miami Beach, Florida 1972 Chapelle de Saint-Eusoge, Yonne France 1971 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas 1970 Emile Walter Galleries, New York 1969 Hotel Fremont, San Francisco 1968 Martin Lowitz Galleries, Palm Springs, Calif. 1967 Town & Country Galleries, Palo Alto, Calif. 1966 Palm Beach Galleries, Palm Beach, Fl. 1965 Galerie Juarez, Palm Beach, Florida 1964 Leonard Hutton Galleries, New York City 1964 Galeria Rugero Fauro, Rome 1963 Galerie Juarez, Palm Beach, Florida 1962 Van Diemen Lillienfeld Galleries, New York 1961 Shields Galleries, London
GROUP SHOWS 1977 Salon De La Marniere- Orval- France 1967 Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York 1964 Leonard Hutton Galleries, New York 1962-1965 Spring Arts Festival, New York
Famous Owners: Princess Brigitte Romanovsky, New York City Arthur Rubin, New York City William Shatner, Los Angeles Pierre Salinger, Paris David & Constance First, Tampa Patty Duke, Los Angeles Tony Franciosa, Los Angeles Delta Burke, Los Angeles Mohamed Faiz, Morocco John Kirsch, New York City Count Enrico di Portanova, Houston Princess Tsaubetsky Bea Lillie Oleg Cassini The Windshaw Lopez Collection The Duchess of Windsor Michael Tobias, Santa Monica Chef Wolfgang Puck Orsen Wells Jacques Bergerac, Actor, Paris Jean Morrison, National Radio host Dr. Robin Falkov, Prince Toumanoff Elizabeth Taylor Gary Grant Suzanne Pleshette Burt Reynolds Jack Lemmon Johnny Carson Ed McMahon Frank Sinatra Bob Evans NASA Space Center Smithsonian Institute
Today Alvaro's paintings are often seen in the background of movies or in photos of the homes of movie stars and the world's very wealthy. His signed lithographs of sailboats, butterflies and exotic women are listed for sale on major art gallery websites. The paintings are considered family heirlooms by many collectors. Occasionally one of his originals will come up for auction. Like all great artists, his original paintings are very hard to find and buy in the open market.
In Early 1990, at the height of his popularity, Alvaro disappeared. Rumors spread in art circles, galleries, museums and among friends that he had suddenly died in Los Angeles. Few knew Alvaro moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico with his good friend Jean Morrison. Alvaro peacefully lived out the rest of his life in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the 'Land of Enchantment'.
Alvaro developed Parkinson’s disease and was no longer able to paint. Because of his physical condition he became uncomfortable going to public places. He became a recluse and only allowed a few select friends, like his official biographers Constance and David First, to visit.
Thoughout his life, Alvaro owned German Shepherds or other dogs. In his final years he shared his small casita near Santa Fe's Old Center Square with a wild alley cat named 'Gatos' and feed the morning doves that lived in the nearby trees.