Having an art exhibition was for Alfredo an opportunity dictated by, a need to make a stand with the Australian Immigration Department to stay in Australia and raise a family, a desire to display artworks with a political, social and environmental message, and a change of lifestyle as a professional freelance artist.
To that effect, Alfredo combined his skills as a graphic artist with photographic memory to create a unique style depicting his personal experiences, philosophy, and an awe for the environment.
1983 - The Outsider Gallery, Studio 79 - Balmain, Sydney
This exhibition's main feature was a set of 15 colored pencil drawings, depicting Alfredo's protest march from Sydney to Canberra (in which Alfredo walked through every town and village but hitchhiked in the countryside).
The protest was to highlight the Australian government's refusal to grant residency to Alfredo (polio affected) during the 1981 "International Year of Disabled People".
As you would expect, the politicians of that time, took no side and made no stand while they were waiting for the public interest to fade.
1985 – Exhibition at the Nimbin Art Gallery
While the immigration saga was still rolling along, a one-man exhibition space was offered by the gallery in the Nimbin village to show support for Alfredo.
This exhibition had some remaining artworks on display from the previous Balmain exhibition plus newly created works created while residing in the forested hills. The local environment, its unique lifestyle and the closeness with nature, invigorated a new wave of inspirational artworks.
1989 - Exhibition at Lismore Regional Art Gallery
This exhibition was held with two other local fellow artists. Alfredo compiled a small selection of previously executed artworks, including new works on display to enthuse potential supporters and art collectors.
1990 - Gas Works Art Centre in Lismore
Again, an offer for an exhibition was made, renewing consideration to switch from commercial art to a lifestyle as a full time freelance artist.
Over the years strong ties with the local area, its people and environmental issues led to the creation and establishment of the exhibition "Let's Make World Environment Day Last Forever". This exhibition was the local response to the United Nations declared World Environment Day.
A new body of artworks, alongside some previously exhibited elsewhere, was the integral part of this display. A strong emphasis was given to depicting issues relating to the environment and the appreciation we all should have for it.