About the Artist
Carlos Aleman was born in New York City and raised in South Florida. He spent twenty years as a digital product designer/prototyper and web designer, drawing, painting and writing novels in his spare time. He began painting full time in 2016, finding professional representation with Ai Bo Gallery in 2017. His work was featured at a major art fair for the first time in January of 2018 at Art Palm Beach and was featured on PBS WPBT, Channel 2’s Art Loft. Carlos lives in Sunrise, Florida with his wife Jean.
About the Art
Carlos Aleman’s love of Asian art began with a visit to a Japanese Museum in 1995, a difficult time in his life in which he sought to see the world from a different perspective. His interest in eastern philosophy, coupled with his appreciation for Chinese landscape painting and Japanese woodblock prints fueled his longing to admire the yin of the east through western eyes. His first trip to Asia in 2010 introduced him to the grandeur and beauty of China. Experiencing the mountains and mist, the culture and art firsthand, inspired him to draw and paint foo dogs, dragons and women dressed in qipaos when he returned home.
His trip to Kyoto, Japan in 2013 was another life changing adventure which inspired more art. Together with the writings of Haruki Murakami, the animated films of Hayao Miyazaki, Tokyo fashion, cosplay, manga, geisha and samurai, he found a rich visual language for magical realism, conceptual realism and pop surrealism embodied by the feminine form which he expressed in earlier work. The popularity of such things among the American youth seemed to provide for him a geek culture spirit of the age that mutually inspired the artist and art lover. Taking advantage of this zeitgeist, the subtle and more profound concepts of eastern thought were conveyed through the rendering of women dressed in kimonos or as anime characters.
Aleman wished to express something of the notion of mono no aware (an artistic sensitivity to the beauty and sadness of impermanence) with the juxtaposition of Zen, anime and fashion. It was his hope that people would find his artwork to be quiet and hypnotic like a scene from a Miyazaki film, free from mental noise and the frenzy of human drama.
More recently, his painting has been a commentary on social media. Rather than the usual cynicism, criticizing the need for ‘likes’ and the obsession with people who make a living as public figures on the Internet, he has opted for the teachings from the east, practicing the discipline of non-judgment and acceptance. In 2018, he began to incorporate text overlays to reflect the world of Instagram, inspired by interesting word combinations that communicate the mystery of our world.
Press Release: 6/28/2017 — Exclusive representation by Ai Bo Gallery
Filming for WPBT Channel 2’s (PBS) Art Loft took place at the City of Sunrise Art Gallery on September 1, 2015. Had a great time with the crew! Click to Watch
Feature in Sun Sentinel, the main daily newspaper of Broward County, including the Greater Fort Lauderdale area and the largest circulation newspaper in South Florida. The online version can be seen at: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/sunrise/fl-cn-carlos-0913-20150910-story.html
Scheduled to appear on an episode of Art Loft (WPBT). —Recording in September 2015 and airing in a few months.
Art loft is a weekly 30-minute art program that showcases local and national artists, openings, installations, performances, and art organizations that are positioning South Florida as an emerging leader in the world of art. art loft is designed to be a collaboration between WPBT2, local artists, producers and other PBS stations around the country. For the artists…art loft is South Florida’s largest stage.The show propels their life’s work into every home with a television. It gives a voice and a home to the artists.