Alfonzo was born in Cuba in 1950. He received a degree in art from the Academia San Alejandro in 1973 and in art history from the University of Havana four years later. He taught and exhibited in Cuba in spite of extremely difficult conditions. In 1980, after days spent crowded into the Peruvian Embassy, Alfonzo left by sea on a journey that was marred by violence. He came to Miami during the Mariel boat lift in 1980 and lived and worked there until his death.
It took him two years to sort himself out before he returned to painting. For years Alfonzo's paintings were bright, appealing, full of geometric shapes and symbols drawn from the Greek and Afro-Cuban mythology. Then
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