Garcia-Alvarez & Vuletic

Painting - Sculpture, 01-22 September 2012
Alberto Garcia-Alvarez was born in Barcelona, Spain where he had a classical art education at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de Sant Jordi at the University of Barcelona.

Before arriving in New Zealand Garcia-Alvarez exhibited widely in Europe and the USA, including a solo show in 1961 at the San Francisco Museum of Art. He completed numerous mosaic, fresco and stained-glass commissions for churches and monasteries in the United States and Spain, and participated in group shows alongside artists including Brice Marden and Frank Stella.

Between 1961 and 1973, when he moved with his family to New Zealand, Garcia-Alvarez lectured at colleges in California including the University of California at Berkeley. From 1973 until 1995 he taught Print-making, Lithography and Painting at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University, where he also set up the Masters programme.

Garcia-Alvarez met Petar Vuletic in 1973 and subsequently exhibited at his gallery.

Petar Vuletic opened the Petar/James Gallery in 1972 where he became known for his particular focus on abstraction. In his early 20's Vuletic was appointed to the Visual Arts Advisory Panel of the QEII Arts Council as well as to the Board of the former Auckland Art Gallery Associates, serving alongside Colin McCahon on both committees. His gallery showed the work of Garcia-Alvarez alongside artists including Don Driver, Richard Killeen, Julia Morison, Milan Mrkusich, Theo Schoon, Ian Scott, Geoff Thornley and Gordon Walters. North American artists whose work Vuletic showed included Jo Baer, Robert Mangold, Kenneth Noland and Robert Rauschenberg.

Aside from his influential dealer gallery Vuletic is perhaps best known for a series of lectures he gave between 1979 and 1981 on the subject of 20th Century New Zealand and International art. He is currently writing two books; one a biography of Garcia-Alvarez and the other on his correspondence with Theo Schoon.

Throughout the course of his career Vuletic has made sculpture using corten, stainless and painted steel. He and Garcia-Alvarez share an enthusiasm for each other's work and are delighted to be able to present this joint exhibition.