Hi, my name is Carlos Aleman. Although I studied art history and took studio art classes in college, I’m mostly a self-taught painter.   I was born in New York City and raised in South Florida. I spent my 20’s as a struggling artist until the digital age arrived. I decided to acquire some computer skills, and with those, I was able to spend my thirties and forties as a product designer for a technology company. Upon turning 50, I reached an early semi-retirement and returned to my first love, painting.


Inspired by my travels to Asia and many other artists that I deeply admire, I set out to express the wonder and fascination I have felt every time I have discovered something new.   After several series of paintings devoted to Chinese and Japanese culture, I eventually settled on my love for people and portraiture.


The art:
I use square stencils to express the ‘pixels’ of the digital age and the merging of humanity with technology. Street artists have long used stencils to reproduce their work and make a fast getaway; after all, graffiti is illegal in most places. What I find most aesthetically pleasing are all the imperfections.   Like Japanese woodblock prints that sometimes have spots and stains, I find there to be a remarkable beauty to the drips and marks left behind by stencils. In my jealousy of all the messiness, I’ve incorporated this use of stencils to add an element of unpredictability. The globs, the drips, the textures combined with the rendering of a subject.


Reflecting further on the digital age, neon paint seemed to me a good way of conveying this electric stream of knowledge. On the one hand, neon is powerful and beautiful, and on the other hand, it represents materialism and one might even say, kitsch. This is also the beauty of life, existence and people.


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Born in 04/14/1965, New York City and raised in South Florida.
Work exhibited at Art Palm Beach and other venues.
Featured on (PBS) WPBT’s Art Loft.
2019 CIRC Hotel contest winner
Former senior product designer at Onstream Media.
My first novel, As Happy As Ling, was a finalist at the International Latino Book Awards.
Favorite author:  Haruki Murakami
Favorite quote:  “When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
—Lao Tzu

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3 Replies to “Bio”

  1. You’re a coder as well as a painter and novelist? Carlos– are you a filmmaker as well? I’ve watched your YouTube videos and wondered.

    Squares instead of dots, do you have other shapes you work with? I noticed that the Androgeny series had subdued colors and seemed rectangular??? Why?

    1. Amateur YouTube video maker 🙂
      The Androgynous series was mostly experimental. I tried many different techniques and approaches.

  2. When I wanted to commission someone to paint my portrait, I immediately thought of Carlos Aleman. Of all the artists I had encountered on social media, Carlos’ paintings seemed unique, singular and magical. I knew that if I wanted that individualistic dedication, I had to commission someone who was especially talented in that particular art form. Carlos’ portrait exceeded my expectations; not only had he captured the essence of my younger self, he added a rosy complexion! Like the gifted portrait painters of old, he was able to blend the quirky with the real. It was been such an honor to have had him paint so astutely from an old photograph, that it’s hung above my study desk, as an inspiration.

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