Author of As Happy As LIng
International Latino Book Award Category Finalist
Featured on WPBT Channel 2’s Art Loft
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 media and technology company. Upon turning 50, I reached an early semi-retirement and returned to my first love, painting.
That’s not to say that I put off art until later in life. I’ve always felt the need to express the wonder and fascination I have felt every time I have discovered something new.
1995 – 2017
My love of Asian art began with a visit to a Japanese Museum in 1995, a time in my life that I sought to see the world from a different perspective. My interest in eastern philosophy, coupled with my appreciation for Chinese landscape painting and Japanese woodblock prints fueled my longing to admire the yin of the east through western eyes. My first trip to Asia in 2010 introduced me to the grandeur and beauty of China. Experiencing the mountains and mist, the culture and art firsthand, inspired me to draw and paint foo dogs, dragons and women dressed in qipaos when I returned home. It was about this time that I began exhibiting my work.
My trip to Kyoto, Japan in 2013 was another life changing adventure which inspired more art. Together with the novels of Haruki Murikami, the animated films of Hayao Miyazaki, Tokyo fashion, cosplay, anime, manga, geisha and samurai, I found a rich visual language for magical realism and conceptual realism embodied by the feminine form. I also attempted to express something of the notion of mono no aware (an artistic sensitivity to the beauty and sadness of impermanence).
2018 – 2019
Early in 2018, my work was exhibited at Art Palm Beach. It was during this art fair that I wandered about the convention center, enthralled by the contemporary art being created by many other talented artists. As a response to this, I started a new series called ‘Big Pixel.’ Using square stencils, I endeavored to express the ‘pixels’ of the digital age and the merging of humanity with technology. I incorporated neon colors to convey this electric stream of knowledge, after all what can be as both beautiful and kitsch at the same time as neon?
Oh—and by the way, I’ve written a novel that I’m very proud of, As Happy As Ling. Please read and tell me what you think!
“When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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