Alberto Dutary studied at Escuela de Bellas Artes in Panama City and at Academia de San Fernando. He also studied at Escuela Nacional de Artes Graficas in Madrid, where he held his first one-man show in 1957. Dutary became well-known for combining the rich surface textures of Spanish informal abstraction with mysterious ghost figures expressing an Existentialist point of view. Alberto Dutary exhibited at the the Museum of Contemporary Art in Panama, the Organization of American States, the University of Panama, the 1964 World's Fair, the Art Institute of Chicago, and countless others. Dutary was one of the founders of the Instituto Panameno de Arte. His work is in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art in Panama City, and the Museum of the Americas.