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Craig LaRotonda – Art of Darkness – Artist Profile

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Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Craig LaRotonda received his BFA in 1992 at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he studied with the internationally renowned illustrator Alan Cober. Currently working as a professional painter, illustrator, and sculptor, Craig divides his time between each endeavor.

LaRotonda’s richly layered paintings are provocative; his signature iconic style is reminiscent of Renaissance and Byzantine art while remaining boldly contemporary. His work possesses a dark narrative and grotesque elegance. These distorted creatures are captured in a timeless space – surviving the brutality and beauty of existence. Craig’s ability to make deformities and oddities become aesthetically magnificent is what makes his art so unique.

His paintings and sculptures incorporate mixed media and aging techniques, ultimately creating surreal figurative works. 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 acclaimed art appears prominently in television and five feature-length motion pictures – including the Academy Award winning film “Traffic” directed by Steven Soderbergh, and “The Other Guys” with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.

LaRotonda’s striking and unique art has been featured in Time Magazine, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, Juxtapoz, The New York Times and numerous other publications. This commercial work has received awards from the Society of Illustrators (in New York and Los Angeles), Communication Arts and Print Magazine.

Exhibitions include solo shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and Paris. Craig also exhibits regularly in group shows nationally and abroad.

Craig LaRotonda - Phantasma

Craig LaRotonda - The Involution

Craig LaRotonda - The Final One

Craig LaRotonda - The Elysian

Craig LaRotonda - Second Encounter

Craig LaRotonda - Feast of the Undead

Craig LaRotonda - By the Waters of Babylon

Craig LaRotonda - The Splendoring

Craig LaRotonda - Infinite Decay

Craig LaRotonda - Apparatus Obscura

Craig LaRotonda - The Longing

Craig LaRotonda - The Invitation

Craig LaRotonda - Confuto Basium

Craig LaRotonda - I am the Unknown