Alfonso A. Ossorio

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On this day in 1916, Alfonso A. Ossorio was born in Manila, Philippines. He was a Filipino American abstract expressionist artist, but his fame is due to being the first artist to show the abstract expressionist movement by pouring oil and enamel paints onto canvas in the US in the 1950’s.
He later on lived in South Hampton for more than 40 years and there began to create his most important works using shells, bones, driftwood, nails, dolls’ eyes, cabinet knobs, dice, costumes and many more.
In 1961 he exhibited at the Museum of Modern Arts in New York. The exhibition was titled  “The Art of Assemblage” and also included a practice to the audience. Ossorio died in New York City in 1990.