Alfred DeCredico passes away

  Alfred DeCredico, Professor,  Foundation Studies, died at the age of 65 on Saturday, December 26, 2009 at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in North Providence. Alfred was born in Providence and grew up in Cranston. He was the son of the late Vincent and Josephine (Caserta) DeCredico. He is survived by his sons, Alessandro V. DeCredico and Cesare G. DeCredico both of Providence and his sister, Phyllis A. Iannone of Cranston.

Alfred’s life-long love affair with RISD began at the age of nine when he took his first art classes here. He attended the European Honors Program and graduated from RISD’s Painting Department in 1966. His multi-disciplinary work has been shown nationally and internationally and is included in many museum, corporate, and private collections. He enjoyed fruitful collaborations with other artists such as Toots Zynsky and Lino Tagliapietra. Prior to returning to RISD to teach in Foundation Studies in 1981, Alfred taught at Providence College, the University of Rhode Island and Harvard University. He passed his love of critical making and thinking (and of RISD) on to his sons. Cesare graduated in 2005 from the Painting Department and his son Alessandro is a BFA candidate in the Department of Film, Video, and Animation.

A larger than life character, Alfred had many passions—experimenting with materials and learning new disciplines to make his art, collecting African art, cooking like a Cordon Bleu chef, urbanism, and above all teaching. He was an inspirational and liberating teacher to generations of students and has been a great influence in the Foundation Drawing program. Alfred was one of the pioneering group of artists that started the reclamation of abandoned industrial buildings in the Jewelry District in the 1980s. He had recently completed the first phase of his second large scale re-purposing project and had started planning for the next phase of the project. Read more about Alfred and see his work at and visit to contribute your comments about him.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 9, 10-11, RISD Auditorium. Memorial contributions may be made to Amos House, 413 Friendship Street, Providence, RI 02907 or to the Alfred DeCredico Scholarship Fund at RISD. Contact Louise Olson, Director, Leadership Gifts, or 401-454-6323 for information about how to make your contribution.

Faculty, Foundation Studies, obituary

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