Italian painter Carmelo Blandino was born to Sicilian parents in Tübingen,
Germany, and grew up in the culturally charged city of Montreal, Quebec.
He studied art and design at the local colleges and began a successful
career as a freelance illustrator, working with architects, designers, and
advertising agencies. In 2002 Blandino shifted his focus and indulged in
the world of fine art. Today, his paintings are widely known for their
immediacy and lascivious expressions of colour, movement and shape.
His work is exhibited in New York, Palm Beach, Naples, Stockholm,
Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and his beloved Montreal. He has conducted
summer workshops at Von Liebig Art Center of Naples, Florida, and taught
drawing for many years at Dawson College in Montreal before
transplanting himself to Naples, Florida where he lives today. Blandino’s
love for painting as a means of expression has led him to work in encaustic.
“There is a sense of romance and history associated to encaustic paint that
inspires me. Just like the ancient Romans and Egyptians who brought
special care and attention to this medium, I feel a need to continue in that
tradition”. Choosing to work on larger surfaces, and in a more
contemporary style, the result is work that is introspective and moody,
offering challenging suggestions to the viewer.His works are about the joy
that is inherent in us and the journey we take from darkness towards the
light we strive to claim as our own. His subject matter over the last few
years has revolved around flowers, landscapes and figurative.