(East Gallery) Enter the world of Comic and Pop Art as seen through the eyes of five artists with different artistic styles. Guest Curator Lenore Stern Morris has brought together these artists – Jose Delbo, Charles Fazzino, Marvin Gralnick, Nelson De La Nuez-the King of Pop Art, and Al Razza in an exhibition that will delight children of all ages.
Back in the 80’s, long before the modern superhero dominated the big screen, it was Jose Delbo working for the likes of DC and Marvel Comics who penciled the published adventures of Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Green Arrow, The Transformers and The Thundercats. Then in the 90’s, when the focus fell on the environment, he helped the country go green when he drew the first issues of Captain Planet and the Planeteers and Brute Force. Delbo continued to be the go-to-guy for cartoon classics like Disney’s 101 Dalmations, Little Mermaid and the Mighty Ducks.
Charles Fazzino, graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City is one of the most popular and highly-collected pop artists of all time. During his more-than-thirty years as a pop artist, he has inserted his unique, detailed, vibrant, and three-dimensional style of artwork into the very fabric of popular culture. Fazzino’s artworks are exhibited in hundreds of museums and galleries in more than twenty different countries. He has received many private and important commissions and has been selected as the official artist for festivals and events all over the world. Charles is often referred to as a pop culture historian because of the breadth of his work and the way it touches his collectors and captures the best parts of their contemporary lives. His legacy will mark him as part of the next generation of famous pop artists as he follows the paths originally forged by pop art pioneers such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Red Grooms.
Continually possessed by creative urgency, working in studio space that adjoins his home on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Gralnick moves confidently between the various mediums required of his divergent idioms, constantly shifting from project to project, as inspiration grabs him. Technically, he eschews sketching in his two-dimensional work, intuitively sculpts in wood with a chainsaw, and usually prefers to tackle large-scale formats. As with many self-taught artists whose work matures outside the mainstream tradition of art schools, galleries, and museums, compositional space is flattened and irrational, perspective is non-existent, figures lack modeling and hierarchical distinction, and color is predominantly brash, if not downright aggressive. These discrepancies of scale, palette, subject matter, and artistic intent, only serve to intensify any engagement with Gralnick’s paintings, sculptures, or constructions, and invariably elicit a heightened emotional response to each encounter.
Nelson De La Nuez
As one of the world’s most collected, significant pop artists today, Nelson De La Nuez, known as the King of Pop Art® , is a born iconoclast, who began his style in 1982. Using his unique juxtaposition of pop culture and surrealism, blended with America’s rich culture and history, De La Nuez has created works of art that are considered timeless. Listed on the “Who’s Who List of the Most Collected Artists of Our Time,” his works are original, bold and outspoken. The artist is known for his distinctive, trademarked style called “Art on the Edge,” which is creating art on all sides of the canvas and wood. He also creates pop sculptures, such as realistic looking vibrant colored donuts on trays and a large “Botox Box” for the woman that has it all. De La Nuez’s artwork is hanging in some of the most prominent, private collections of movie stars, directors, producers, comedians, corporations and art connoisseurs. His art has been featured on countless television and high end home design shows. He was the official 70th Anniversary artist for the Wizard of Oz film and created original artwork for the celebration of the iconic movie, one of which, “Ditching Dorothy,” was forever immortalized on a limited edition sheet of US postage stamps. His art and branded collections are sold in galleries and stores internationally.
Educated in New England, Razza received a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from Massachusetts College of Art in 1977. He also attended the Art Institute of Boston, the University of Rhode Island, and Florida Atlantic University. In 1982, while working on a Masters Degree at Pratt Institute in New York, he was awarded an assistantship and two fellowships. In 1991, Razza won one of the first South Florida Consortium Fellowships, awarded for artistic excellence by the South Florida Art Consortium and the National Endowment for the Arts. His work has been exhibited in museums, and galleries, and is included in many private and public collections. He was an instructor at the Coral Springs Museum of Art for 10 years. He is the owner of the Design Crafters Inc. now doing business as Razza’s School of Art, located in Coral Springs.