Alfred Arroyo was born in Denver, Colorado in 1923 of
Mexican parents. Prior to entering the Denver Public
School system he was placed in a boarding school for
toddlers for a few months thus losing daily contact with his
Spanish speaking parents. The ability to speak Spanish
fluently did not appear until years later. After learning it
brokenly and incorrectly at home, his Spanish became
apparently more refined after a year and a half of study of
the language in a Chicago Public High School.
Arroyo enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 19, ten months after
the beginning of the war with Japan during World War Two.
He learned surgical technique at the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps
School in San Diego, California and continued on to the U.S. Naval
Hospital in Bremerton, Washington for his internship as a Navy
Arroyo experienced twenty six months of action in the South Pacific,
and part of that action would include one year of service on Surgical
Team Number 13 aboard USS LST 746 with the U.S. Amphibious Forces
in the retaking of the Philippine Islands from Japan in October of 1944.
After the war Arroyo took a four year course in Heating, Air Conditioning
and Field Engineering under the G.I. Bill of Rights. He entered the Air
Conditioning business and remained in that field for more than forty years.
In retirement Arroyo studied Art informally and became adept at sketching and painting in oils. At age 40 he became what Art scholars and enthusiasts call a 'naive' artist. He now specializes in portraits and landscapes in oil on canvas.
At age 93 in 2016 Alfred Arroyo continues to paint using his talent as a
source of therapy and relaxation (in order to preserve his sanity, he says). He plans to continue his artistic endeavers as long as he is physically and mentally able.
Arroyo has also written a novel titled 'Francisca and the Boys' based on his family life during the depression years of the late 1920's, through the early 1930's and into the years of world war two.
(For more information click on 'Francisca and the Boys' above page.)
(Below) Photo of Artist - August 2009 at age 86.