Imagining: Beyond Purpose & Creativity (2016)


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The how-to book on life for creative people.  A practical guide for overcoming creative block, self-doubt, plus encouragement and strategies to live by.



Samurai Dark Chocolate (2016)


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Recent works by Carlos Aleman (2013 – 2016)
After a brief trip to Kyoto, Carlos Aleman produced Japanese pop culture inspired paintings for two exhibits in South Florida. This 39 page book includes impressions of anime, manga, samurais, geishas, monsters and more.

dcbookThe Dark Chocolate Art of C. D. Aleman (2015)

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Carlos Aleman (born in New York City in 1965) is a Cuban American. He is a designer, writer and fine artist. He uses the term Dark Chocolate to describe the ‘darkness’ that the ancient mystics passed through in order to discover the profound hidden beneath superficialities. Dark Chocolate is the finest of chocolates, a way of suspending our judgment of the sins of humanity and perceiving the wonder of art, culture and tradition. His personal story accompanies this retrospective of drawings, paintings and kokeshi dolls.



indexHappy That It’s Not True (2013, Aignos Publishing)




A Cuban rafter is telling a story to seven other men as they drift out at sea.  Only what seems like a story is actually his glimpse into a parallel existence.  Many years unfold in the storytelling as the balseros cling to life in the rough seas.  Cara, the young artist, grows up to become a troubled teenager, and her brother, Alex, develops into a genius with a weight problem.  Their, uncle, Diego, agrees to let them move in for the summer after a family crisis.  As Diego inspires and motivates Cara and Alex, he falls in love with an emotionally unavailable coworker.

The storyteller does not reveal all that he knows about lives of Diego, Cara and Alex.  But in his telling of the story, he tries to make sense of his own life and the erotic writings of the most mysterious person of all, his wife.

Meanwhile, in the parallel existence, the opposite of everything is true.

This is an instant classic that immediately makes artist turned author Carlos Aleman the next big thing in literature. He has a natural ability that few authors with decades of experience can match.”  –Jonathan Marcantoni (The Feast of San Sebastian)

“…a surprising, heartfelt, emotional literary debut.” –Chris Campanioni (Going Down)

“Readers will fall in love with the poetic narrative, the memorable characters and the twists and turns of a most tantalizing story.” –The Latina Book Club



10377447_895545537139216_6914357911399562400_nDiego In Two Places (2016 Aignos Publishing)


[For mature readers] The uncovering of a mystery results in a circle of friends being suspected of involvement in an antigovernment plot. Meanwhile, in another country, an alternate reality converges with the lives of the friends, as one man exchanges his life to be with the woman he loves.


“This book is not only a mind-bender, it is a comedy, it is a romance, it is a mystery, and you will be talking about it for weeks afterwards.” —Jonathan Marcantoni




51dE0Xoo68L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Nuno (2014, Aignos Publishing)




Born as he was, the son of a suicidal policeman and a self-destructive woman of ill-repute, Nuno arrived in the world with a capable heart and a mind ready to explore the mysteries of life. Nuno is evidence that the human experience can never be untangled from the unfurling of history, that we are all creatures of our time even though time can never define us. Though our quarrelling natures visit travesties upon the world, we also accept, as Nuno does, that our capacity to connect will ripple outward enriching all who would recognize the infinite within an action. In the juxtaposition of our ferocious capacity for violence and the limitless potential of our capacity for love, Nuno embodies the paradox of the human experience, that our momentary existance is an artifact of eternity. Through Nuno -in his discovery of love and through his crucible as a political prisoner in communist Cuba- we, the lucky readers who have discovered this tale, are given a chronicle of one man’s discovery of both the timeliness and timelessness of the human experience and the healing balm love provides even in the darkest crises of the soul.

I picked up this book a few weeks ago with the intent to read it as soon as my classes were over. It took a couple days but yesterday I finally had the chance to crack it open. I read it in a day. I spent the night trying to come up with the words that could sufficiently describe what I read and the emotions that siezed me while I sat for hours in my room completely enraptured by one of the greatest love stories I have ever read. I fear that even with all my hours of contemplation on what this review would hold, all my pondering would be inadequate in fully projecting to you the splendor held between both covers of Nuno. Influences of authors like Neruda, and Marquez come to mind, within its proses full of love, despair, and hope, but interestingly it is authors Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama that are most reminiscent due to the wisdom and insight of life Carlos infuses within the story in a way that is both subtle and eye opening. There were times I felt I was reading a soundtrack to a movie, the words as notes undulating, taking me with it on a melodious journey from hope to despair to wonderment. It is as if the author has poured his soul, intact, beautifully, in a book and it is a gift to all of us. One we should treasure and one I will share most certainly with others, for it would be a great loss for a story so exquisitely written to ebb into obscurity.”  —Suset Marcantoni

Reflections of China  (2012)

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In the summer of 2010 I spent eleven days in China, traveling from Shanghai to Beijing and several cities in between including Suzhou, Tai’an, Qufu and Ji’nan. I made some sketches and took over a thousand photographs of places such as the Grand Canal in Suzhou, the summit of Mount Tai, The Forbidden City, Great Wall as well as the technological marvel that was the World Expo in Shanghai.
I returned to my home in Sunrise, Florida, nourished by inspiration and entered a period of intense creativity. The result was several months of mixed media drawings and paintings attempting to capture a surreal aspect of my new muse, China. The work in this book represents my lifelong love of Asian art, modernity and the ancient, the Yin of the east as admired by western eyes.

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