Alex Liccione began his Art Career at the young age of six when he was awarded an Art Scholarship, a program for young emerging artists, at the prestigious Rochester Memorial Art Museum in his birthplace Rochester, New York. The art scholarship continued until the latter part of his senior year in high school.
The Rochester Memorial Art Museum encouraged the young artist to examine and study the works of many of the Old Masters, which are housed in the Museum. Liccione was also introduced to the works of many of the American Modern Painters of past and current years during that period.
During his last year in High School, Liccione studied portraiture for one season at the Rochester Institute of Technology under the guidance of world-renowned portrait painter, Stanley Gordon. Accentuation on the Old Masters was highly emphasized.
Upon graduating from high school, Liccione was awarded a four-year scholarship, presented to him by the Italian Government to study art at their oldest and most renowned of Fine Arts Academies - the Accademia Di Belle Arti Di Brera in Milan, Italy.
Liccione had the privilege of studying "Academic Art" under the supervision of many International World Famous Artists and Art Historians of the day.
A vigorous steady training in the "Old World" art techniques constituted the major body of training at the Brera Fine Art Academy. Many of the Old World Art techniques were to many art institutions forms of techniques that were forgotten and unpracticed; in most cases no longer taught in many of the World Art Academies. Whereas most artists throughout the world abandoned academic training adopting many of the less rigid contemporary art forms introduced by many of the younger art groups, Liccione relished the difficult, meticulous hard work which made up the Academic foundations, such as perspective, use of shadows, lights and darks, color and form.
For Liccione, in order to be the best one could be in the field of Fine Arts, he understood the importance in learning the basics, the very foundations, the building blocks which enabled the Old Masters to surpass their contemporaries to become great personas of their day. Their art works have been viewed, loved, treasured, admired and studied for centuries - they have endured the "test of time."
A few years later Liccione would apply what he learned towards a more contemporary~ manner setting him apart from his contemporaries.
Upon Liccione's return to the United States he eventually found his way to the art capital of the world, New York City. He immediately began to exhibit his paintings professionally in the SoHo area of New York City meanwhile, slowly perfecting his style and developing complex ideas.
This was also a time when his expert training in mural painting landed him various commission work in painting huge backdrops, ranging anywhere from 30 to 40 feet for theatrical and film productions. This practice has led to Liccione's artwork being used in the T.V. and Movie Industry, which still continue to this day.
Liccione's knowledge of the Old Masters Techniques in the "Venetian Method" of oil painting has helped him in his experimental research in enabling the artist in creating a striking and definite style of his own. Due to this approach of painting, the artist has been sought after to demonstrate his techniques for "Artist-Workshops." The Center For The Arts in Florida called upon the artist to organize a workshop based on the "Methods of Venetian Oil Painting," techniques of the old masters.
Liccione's latest endeavors have been briefly spent in rendering paintings of images taken from black and white photographs depicting the "Aleutian Campaign" of World War II. His interest in executing military painting subjects is pronounced in his unique, in the Fine Arts, approach in capturing the historical values through use of color and many other means, instead of the renderings produced by illustrators.
Liccione hopes that there will be many prospective art collectors and military enthusiasts who will show interest in commissioning works of art representing their exploits and achievements. By having paintings made from their war photograph images they will be preserving their legacy for years to come.
Liccione's artwork can be found in museums, galleries, and many private collections. An art dealer in SoHo, New York City represents him. Liccione is also listed in many "Who's Who" reference books, the most notable being Bowker's: "Who's Who in American Art".
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