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Craig LaRotonda studied with the internationally renowned illustrator Alan Cober, at The State University of New York at Buffalo where he received his B.F.A. in Art in 1992. In the summer of 1997 Craig and artist, Kim Maria moved to Northern California. LaRotonda’s background in painting and sculpture combined with Maria’s intimate assemblage and collage techniques naturally developed into a prolific collaboration. As a result of their partnership, they formed Revelation Studios, a fine art and commercial studio located in San Francisco.
LaRotonda’s often haunting figurative works are introspective and meditative interpretations of the human condition. Applying what he calls ‘spiritual technology”, LaRotonda’s brushwork is meticulous and precise, recalling the Dutch and Flemish figurative paintings of the 15th and 16th centuries but most certainly contemporary. “My paintings explore the unspeakable nature of consciousness. Existence is much more than what we perceive with the five senses. I'm engaged by the spaces in-between, like the passage between life and death, which plays continuously in my work."
LaRotonda's artwork graces the walls of famous homes and cutting edge web sites as well as the covers of books, national magazines and cd’s. His paintings and collaborative sculptures are hanging in the homes of actors Kirstin Dunst and Johnny Depp, as well as director Michael Lindsey-Hogg. His distinctive art appears published in 3 feature-length motion pictures through his relationship with Film Art LA as well as appearing in such publications as Time Magazine, The Washington Post, and The NY Times. His triptych The Ascension, a stark sepia toned painting depicting a single seated man peering intently at the viewer, appears behind Dennis Quaid's desk in the Academy Award winning film Traffic 2000 (dir. Steven Soderbergh, starring Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones), and three additional pieces were used in Sigourny Weaver and Gene Hackman's 2001 film Heartbreakers.
Gallery exhibitions include shows in Hollywood, New York, Santa Monica, Scottsdale, Detroit, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Diego, Santa Fe, San Jose and San Francisco.
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