Art Experience West


Forming the focal points for many executive offices, premier designer homes, and fine restaurants from Aspen to Singapore, the glowing luminosity of Carlo D'Alessio's paintings is the hallmark of his signature style. D'Alessio paints with a painstaking and distinctive technique that produces a visual effect which has been compared to the work of Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966). By layering acrylic paint with varnish, layer built upon layer, D'Alessio creates a brilliant, illusionistic, three-dimensional effect that mimics changes in natural light. Over the course of his 27-year-long career as a visual artist, D'Alessio has perfected his understanding of perspective, further enhancing the illusionism in his paintings.

D'Alessio's good-humored, affable, and determined nature have served him well throughout his career. His artistic journey began at the age of 12 when he was accepted into the School of Music and Art in New York City; this is the school after which the book and movie Fame were modeled. From there, he went on to earn a BS in psychology from Fordham University in 1975; studied at New York's School of Visual Arts in 1976; and attended the world-renowned Art Students' League in 1977. D'Alessio's professional art career began in Manhattan with a stint as art production manager for Bloomingdales. His last two years in New York he devoted to a collaboration with the late artist, Stanley Landsman who recalled his experience with D'Alessio: "I've never seen such an abundance of talent infused into someone as young as Carlo; his command of technique is extraordinary.”

These days, D'Alessio makes his home in Lake Tahoe. In the earlier years of his painting career, he was inspired by Manhattan to paint architectural and surreal subjects; D'Alessio is inspired now, rather, by the natural beauty of his current surroundings in Tahoe and paints grand skies of multi-colored clouds and enormous landscapes of bold granite and pristine water. The majority of D'Alessio's original paintings have been commissioned for private collections; however, Carlo D'Alessio Fine Art now publishes limited-edition Iris prints. With remarkable accuracy, this advanced digital process is able to reproduce the distinct vibrancy for which D'Alessio has become recognized.