Manila 1916 - 1990 East Hampton
Ossorio, originally from the Philippines, attended Schools in England, then in the USA. He ac-quired a Bachelor of Arts degree at Harvard, then went on to study at the Rhode Island School of Design. In the 1940s his works showed a Surrealist influence. His friends included Jackson Pollock and Jean Dubuffet. In 1950 he spent almost a year in the Philippines, where he began to paint with ink, wax and watercolour on paper, developing an unmistakeable style and the wax-resist technique. He acquired a large estate in East Hampton, where he exhibited Dubuffet’s collection of Art Brut. He began making assemblages, which he called “Congregations”. Ossorio was invited to participate in the 1964 documenta in Kassel. He was included in museum shows in the US and worldwide and had numerous solo shows at museums during his lifetime.