Carlos Alberto Goico was born on November 14, 1952 in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Rejected by the School of Fine Arts, Goico was primarily a self-taught artist who was known to frequent the art studios of great Dominican artists like Eligio Pichardo, Ada Balcacer and Jose Cestero.
By all accounts, his life was very difficult, having witnessed as a child the tragic death of his beloved mother when she was hit by a car, subsequently living on the streets of the Colonial Zone without financial or family support, and then spending numerous years in a mental institution where he was subjected to extensive treatments that included lobotomies.
Despite these tragedies, he continued to paint and draw and continued to be a positive force both in his art and personality. While at the mental institution, he even gave classes to “students” (his fellow patients) and the exhibitions that resulted were said to be rather surreal experiences.
Living and painting on the streets of the Colonial Zone again after his time in the institution, he did not have a place of his own until around 2006, when Isaac, the owner of Falafel Restaurant, gave Goico his own space on Calle Sanchez in which to sleep and paint. He died from a massive heart attack on July 10, 2009 on his way to a party.
Goico is considered by many to be an artistic genius, whose ouvre constitutes one of the major contributions to Dominican, Caribbean and Latin American art. His unique perspective and technique, his visceral, emotive style and his conscious rejection of the Art Establishment and the social order have made him an artistic force that can not be ignored. His is not merely Outsider art or Underground art, but a new artistic movement that challenges the banality, the intellectualization and the absurdity of the current scene. His is art in revolution.
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