b. 1950 Havana - d. 1991 Miami
Carlos José Alfonzo Espina studied at the University of Havana. He emigrated to the United States in 1980 and quickly developed a following there. His work was represented in the Outside Cuba exhibition and the Cuba-USA: The First Generation traveling exhibition. Alfonzo was also the subject of several solo exhibitions at institutions such as the Miami Art Museum, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in North Carolina, and the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, and his work is in the permanent collection of the Miami-Dade Public Library. His work was featured in the book Triumph of the Spirit: Carlos Alfonzo, A Survey 1975-1991, published by the Miami Art Museum. He is one of the artists profiled in the documentary film Three Artist Profiles (Maria Lino, 1988). Alfonzo died of AIDS-related complications in 1991 (see New York Times obituary).