About Me

Elvis as Lenin, 2014, watercolor pencil on paper © Jairo Alfonso, artist.

Elvis as Lenin, 2014, watercolor pencil on paper © Jairo Alfonso, artist.

I am an art historian and independent curator based in New York. I am currently a PhD Candidate (ABD) in Art History at Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey. I have served as curator at El Museo del Barrio New York (2006-2013), the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (2004-2006), and The Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (1999-2002). In 2005, my curatorial project Print as Metaphor was awarded the Grand Prix at the Ljubljana International Biennial of Graphic Arts (2005), and the multi-venue exhibition, Caribbean: Crossroads of the World was hailed by critics of The New York Times and The Village Voice as “among the best shows of 2012 in New York.” I have recently been invited to serve as Chief Curator for the upcoming 5th San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial: Latin American and the Caribbean, to take place in Puerto Rico, in 2019.