RIBEIRO , Alceu ( 1919-2013 )
In 1939 Ribiero was awarded a scholarship and joined the renowned Torres García workshop. He studied drawing, constructive art and ceramics and would soon become one of the most distinguished and talented students. The following year, he is awarded the Municipal Hall of Montevideo for his ‘óleo paisaje’ (oil landscape).
His distinguished work was celebrated again at the art halls in 1942, 1945, 1946, 1958, and 1959. He won awards for his work at the national art halls in 1941, 1942, 1943 and 1945. He also developed a vast body of work as a muralist.
He would win awards for the Palace of Light mosaic mural (1949) and at the Medical Association of Uruguay for the El Malecon building in Pocitos (1961).
In 1962, he would produce bronze murals for the Sere building and the main altar at the Church of Hermanas Carmelitas, including other private residences.
For many years he participated in group and solo exhibitions at the Taller Torres García.
In 1951 he exhibited ‘La figure in Uruguayan’ as part of a retrospective exhibition. That same year his work was shown at an exhibition organised by the Society of Architects entitled ‘Sketches and Studies of Mural Painting from Uruguayan artists’. Two years later he would exhibit his work at the Faculty of Architecture of Montevideo.
In 1963, as part of an official assignment by the Museum of Fine Arts of Uruguay he travelled throughout Latin America and across Europe. That same year he has the support of the Municipality of Montevideo workshop to teach painting, which developed artists such as Andrés R. Montani, Neder Costa, Haude Sonia Gobby y Manuel Raúl Deliotti. He was also appointed Professor of drawing and painting at the University of Work of Uruguay.
He has exhibited his work in Montevideo, various inner cities and also in Argentina, Cologne, Venezuela, and the Netherlands.
He is represented in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Madrid, Museum of Cea of Medellin in Colombia, Municipal of São Paulo in Brazil and has private collections in Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Czechoslovakia and Germany.
In the book entitled “Artigas – Earth – man – Revelation and Destination” (1968), the art critic Jose Pedro Argul would say of the author’s references to Ribeiro’s work: “He follows the tradition of Torres García. Colour and script indicates this heritage but his tone is not as serious as the former, but yes, more liberated. Regarding the use of graphics, the timeless graphics of Torres García does not conform to impartial ideals, but follows his own suggestive and expressive language. Ribeiro’s distinguished discipline is energetic, firm and direct.
During a short visit to Montevideo in 1985, Alceu Ribeiro exhibited some new work made from wood. He is currently based in Palma de Mallorca (Spain).