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Alfredo Santos

 (1927 - 2015)
Alfredo Santos was active/lived in California / Mexico.  Alfredo Santos is known for wood carving, painting, mural painting.

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Alfredo Santos (b. August 14, 1927, San Diego-)

In 1951, a 24 years old Alfredo Santos arrived at San Quentin Prison and was taken to the convalescent wing because of a leg infection.  He stayed in convalescent cells his entire prison stay, reading voraciously and focusing on his art by drawing portraits of other inmates and their families (from photographs).  In 1953, he submitted the winning sketch in a competition among the inmates to paint a mural on one side of a dining hall partition.  After inexplicably being denied the use of other colors, he began to apply thinned, raw sienna oil paint directly to plaster.  Before long the warden ordered Mr. Santos to paint all three double-sided walls in the dining area.   ...  Displaying 750 of 4506 characters.

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