About the Artists Database

The NIVAL Artists Database has been compiled in order to improve public access to the Library's extensive information files on 20th century and contemporary Irish artists.  These files contain exhibition catalogues, newspaper cuttings and ephemera on over 3,500 artists born or based in Ireland.

The Artists Database is a reference resource providing basic biographical and work details on each artist abstracted from the information contained in the hard copy files held in the Library.  It is important to realise that the records are a summary of the information held in each artist's file.  A visit to NIVAL is recommended to researchers seeking a comprehensive view of the actual files.

Although we have endeavoured to ensure the information is correct, it is inevitable, given the diverse sources of information, that some inaccuracies may occur.  Changes and updates are made on an ongoing basis and the Library welcomes suggestions, criticism, and donations of relevant material.

Filter Artists:

  • Reference Code:IE/NIVAL AR/21
  • First Name: Saturio
  • Last Name: Alonso
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1954
  • Place of Birth: Spain
  • Nationality: Other
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Sculpture
    • Sculpture
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Wood
    • Painting
    • Illustration
    • Mixed Media
    • Stone
  • Abstract/Figurative: Figurative
  • Genre:
    • Not Specified
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 2
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection


1970 Instituto Cervantes, Madrid.
1973 Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid.
1987 National College of Art and Design, Dublin, ABASF.


Alonso worked with graphic media in Spain as a means of political intervention. He illustrated for the Sunday Tribune, Magill and In Dublin magazines in the early 1980s. After moving to Kilkenny in 1996 he the materials of wood, stone and metal became the most important elements in his work. File contains newspaper clippings and images of the artists work.