John Alvaro Caldas
John Alvaro Caldas was born in Rusholme, Manchester in 1934. After a successful career as a West End dancer and later as a jazz musician with the John Caldas Quartet, he renewed his early interest in art, producing an impressive body of paintings and drawings over more than three decades.
Caldas never sought recognition or publicity for his work and large periods of time between exhibitions were not unheard of. Catalogued, among others, are exhibitions in the Folley Gallery, Mancherster, in the 70’s and 80’s, the East London Galery in 1979, Royal Institute of Fine Art Glasgow between 1989 and 1991.
During his career, Caldas was reluctant to speak about his work or to make definitive statements about politics or the state of the world. “The best way to deal with questions about the creative process is … silence”
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Mountain of existence, 1987, Watercolour on paper, 37,5 cmx 43,5 cm (incl. High Quality Frame) Price: 2420 €
Writing in his journals, John Caldas mentioned a desire for spontaneity in his work and “to keep my attitude and sensibilities as free as possible from formulae.” He was also ready to say “Somewhere inside the material is a spiritual matter.”
Caldas’ hallmark was a great attention to line, form and moody color. He was quoted as saying in an Artscribe Article from August 1983, written by Sue West that “observation, experiment, reflection, aspiration, hope, and the unquestionable right to create and present your own reality through your work.” were the inspiration for his art. Caldas’s last solo exhibition was in 1991. He withdrew from the art scene rapidly with an urgency to produce more work without wasting precious time. In his journals, John Alvaro Caldas mentions isolation from the often chaotic art scene:
“I intend to keep away from the art world to give to it.” and “I don’t earn a living, I earn a destiny.”
John Alvaro Caldas died on the 3rd July 2006 in London. He is buried in Southern Cemetery, Manchester.