(b Valencia, 5 Aug 1927). Spanish sculptor. In 1932 he entered the
Institución Libre de Enseñanza, Valencia, directed by José de
Navarro (b 1931) who had a great influence on his early education.
He later studied at the Instituto Escuela in Valencia and in 1942
joined the Bachillerato Studios at the Colegio de S Tomás de
Villanueva. The exhibition in Valencia in 1953 of work by the
sculptor Rafael Alvarez Ortega greatly impressed Alfaro, encouraging
his enthusiasm for experimental work. In 1955 he established contact
with the artists José Solar Vidal Monjalés, Vicent Ventura, Pepe
Iborra and Joan Fuster. In 1958 he visited Paris and Brussels, where
he saw the major exhibition Les Années cinquante de l’art moderne.
In the later 1950s he was associated with Aguliera Cerni, Eusebio
Sempere and José Maria de Labra (b 1925), who were among the members
of the Parpalló group of Valencian artists formed in Valencia in
1957 and led by Alfaro. The group was inspired by the new American
abstract group of artists such as Elsworth Kelly, exhibited in the
Hispano-American biennale in Barcelona in 1955. After several group
exhibitions in Valencia and Barcelona the Parpalló group went their
separate ways. At this time also Alfaro encountered the sculpture of
JORGE OTEIZA, which became a key factor in his development.
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