Who is Alvaro Guillot?

By Gwylym Owen

Alvaro Guillot (1931–2010) was a French player born in Uruguay. He was a notable exponent of the “new surrealist school”.

Guillot’s post-surrealist late 20th and in the future 21st century acrylics and oils applauded New Mexico landscapes, cats, horses, bovines, stunted juniper uplands, prominent green, red and yellowish-brown chili peppers, with color schemes and practiced shadows that defied whatever previous Western landscape artistic visions; borrowing from none, embracing something altogether further and intoxicating. There are vestiges of his further on years in South America, but then the best of mid-century Paris, and contemporary Cuban art.

Guillot remained a quiet presence for higher than two decades in Santa Fe, New Mexico, shunning exhibitions and most galleries, preferring the sheer joys of privacy amid a choose coterie of in favor friends, most notably, Jean Morrison.

Known by his closest colleagues as one of the great raconteurs, satirists and diplomatic pundits (as far and wide Left as the organization will ever have meaning) he was also an exquisitely talented – but again, private – writer whose memoirs very nearly such near friends of his as the great Salvador Dalí and architect, Le Corbusier, as capably as Picasso, will soon be published.

Some of Guillot’s exploits were fictionalized in the Michael Tobias novel, The Adventures of Mr Marigold (2005).

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