Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Craig LaRotonda received his Bachelor of Fine Art at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he studied with the internationally renowned illustrator Alan Cober. Currently working as a painter, sculptor and professional illustrator, Craig divides his time between each endeavor.Read More About This Artist
Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Craig LaRotonda received his Bachelor of Fine Art at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he studied with the internationally renowned illustrator Alan Cober. Currently working as a painter, sculptor and professional illustrator, Craig divides his time between each endeavor.
His provocative and richly layered paintings incorporate mixed media and aging techniques, ultimately creating surreal figurative works with a dark narrative and a grotesque elegance. His distorted creatures are subjects captured in a timeless space; surviving the brutality and beauty of existence.
LaRotonda’s artwork graces the walls of famous homes including collectors in France, Germany, Norway, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Through his relationship with Film Art LA, his distinctive art appears prominently in five feature-length motion pictures - including the Academy Award winning film “Traffic” directed by Steven Soderbergh and the 2010 release “The Other Guys” staring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.
LaRotonda’s striking and unique illustrations have been featured in Time Magazine, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, The Progressive, The New York Times and numerous other publications. His work has received awards from the Society of Illustrators (in New York and Los Angeles), Communication Arts and Print Magazine.
I am influenced by old magazine ads, antique photographs, toys, anatomy posters, icons, diagrams, Russian war posters, monster movies religious art, and circus freaks.
My faorite artists are Joel Peter Witkin, Egon Sheile, and Odd Nerdrum.
|Birth Place:||Buffalo, NY|
|Current Residence:||Buffalo, NY|
|Education:||State University of New York at Buffalo|
|Press & Publications:||My work has been published in Time Magazine, Reader's Digest, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Random House, American Airlines, The Progressive, The Washington Post and many more.|
|TTP Debut:||May 24, 2011|
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