SAN FRANCISCO – The Robert Koch Gallery is pleased to present Alfredo De Stefano: Desert Reclaimed, the artist’s first West Coast solo gallery exhibition of his large-scale color photographs.
One of Mexico's most prominent contemporary conceptual photographers, De Stefano photographs the desert landscape, creating enigmatic images that address the natural environment's elemental significance and our relationship to the land. For De Stefano, "The desert is a metaphor of life and of death… a place where you can find the coincidence of the beginning and the end." Often employing ice, fire, and light, De Stefano creates site-specific installations akin to the land art of Robert Smithson, Richard Long, and Andy Goldsworthy.
De Stefano was born in Monclova, Coahuila, a city in the desert in Northeastern Mexico. His work has been exhibited internationally including solo exhibitions at the The Recoleta Cultural Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2012; Fourth International Biennial of Photography, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2010; International Biennial of Guangzhou, Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China, 2009; and the Museum of Art Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico, 2008. De Stefano's monographs include In This Place, 2008, Brief Chronicles of Light, 2007 and Replenishing Emptiness, 2002. Among the institutions that have collected De Stefano's work are The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, Mexico; Museo del Barrio, New York, NY; and the FEMSA Collection, Monterrey, Mexico.