Alfio Demestre lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Alfio works in different media–with sculpture, drawing and photography. He began working on installations 10 years ago when he and a group of four other artists founded the collective Oligatega Numeric. Since 1999 they have been working on installations, videos, texts, sculptures, music, and performances.
Since 2002 collaborative work has been full time, the main interest being the complexity and problematic of group work, the construction of fictitious situations, the relationship with the spectator, and the combination of different disciplines.
An important element in the success of Oligatega as a collective has been the constant search for new strategies in group work, allowing each member to express his individual vision, and as a result Alfio has been able to develop his individual work alongside his work in the group. One of his main interests has been the study of light, employing it as a key element in his work. For the past year Alfio has been teaching a course on art and light, in which he investigates together with his pupils, who include artists, photographers and designers, the past, present and future possibilities of Light Art in the context of contemporary art. These investigations are a valuable means to understanding not only art itself but everything as a whole in contemporary culture.
At present he is working on a series of sculptures that embody many of these ideas. They are rotating pieces in which light often plays an important role. The next project consists of a series of installations with these sculptures placed in different spaces, both outdoor and indoors. The photographs of these installations can later be exhibited in Buenos Aires.