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Alexander Liccione (American, b. 1949-)

The creations of  New York artist and painter Liccione have netted him - five Emmy Awards for outstanding art direction, set decoration, and/or scenic design. The art of Liccione can be found in the collections of museums including: The American War Library - "American Heroes" Museum and Pinacoteca di Brera [Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera], Milan, Italy.  He's listed in every volume of "Who's Who in American Art" since he was a young man. Liccione holds an International Professor of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, Italy.
   
It was during the 1980’s that he originated his renowned “Stereo Painting,” which featured two paintings on one canvas that were viewed through a stereo-optican lens —creating a virtual three-dimensional world on a flat surface.

Books:
Marquis Who’s Who in American Art, Various Publications Editions Published throughout year: 2005,2006,2007
Bowker’s Who’s Who in American Art, Various Publication Editions Published throughout years: 1987 to 2004
Marquis Who’s Who in America Various Publications Editions Published throughout years: 1999 -2006, 2007, 2008
Marquis Who’s Who in the East Various Publication Editions Published throughout year: 1999 -2006,2007.
Marquis Who’s Who in the World Various Publication Editions Published throughout years: 1999 -2006, 2007.
Marquis Who’s Who in Finance and Industry Edition Published: 2003.
Mantle Fielding’s  Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors and Engravers Published: 2001-2004
Rizzoli Publication: Antologia Dei Poeti D’Artisti Italiani, By Vincenzo Tanzj, 1995.
Giancarlo Politi’s International Art Diary, 1983 to 1992 (Yearly).
American References Inc, New York Art Review 1987-88.  1989-90.
American References Inc., American Artists 1989-90.
American Biographical Institute, Distinguished Leadership 1991-92.
American Biographical Institute, Personalities of America, 1991-92.
American Biographical Institute, 2000 Notable American Men, 1992.
Gianocarlo Politi Editore, The International Biographical Directory of Artists, 1991-92.
   
Periodicals:
I Ragazzi - Ricreatori Dell’Ambiente, International Review, Italy, 1995.
Institute De Artes Visuais, 1994.
Casa Argentina En Jerusalen 1993.
Fondation De La Republique Argentine, 1993.
Centra Cultural Recoleta, 1992.
Art Speak Magazine, 1989 and in1990.
Gallery Guide, 1990.
Sunstrom Arts Magazine, 1988.
National Stereo World Magazine, 1988.
   
Special Awards :
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Day Time Emmy Award for Contributions to “Sesame Street” -  PBS, 2004-2005.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Day Time Emmy Award for Contributions to “As the World Turns” - CBS, 200-2001.   
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Day Time Emmy Award for Contributions to “One Life to Live”  - ABC, 1994-95.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Day Time Emmy Award for Contributions to “Sesame Street” - 1992-1993.
International Platform Associations by Board of Governors Award 1992.
American Biographical “2000 Notable American Award,” 1992.
“Man of the Year Award,” 1991,  1991. “Distinguished Leadership Award,” 1991, and “Personalities of America Award,” 1991.
   
Selected Exhibitions and Exposure:
2007 Criminal Intent-Law & Order (Television Program NYC - Two February Episodes).
2007 Six Degrees (Television Program NYC) -January Episode.
2007 ABC T.V. - All My Children (Television Soap Opera NYC - January Episode).
2007 Televast - Guiding Light (Television CBS Soap Opera NYC -January Episode).
2006 Telecast - Guiding Light (Television CBS Soap Opera NYC -January Episode).
2006 Criminal Intent - Law & Order (Television Program NYC - December Episode).
2006 Law and Order (NBC T.V. Television Program NYC - December Episode)
2006 Moving Parts (Commercial) NYC.
Telecast - Guiding Light (Television CBS Soap Opera NYC - October Episode).
2006 Six Degrees (Television Commercial “Pantene”) NYC.
2006 Believe Media (Television Program NYC - October Episode).
2006 Criminal Intent-Law & Order (Television Program NYC - Two September Episodes).
2006 Six Degrees (Television Program NYC - Two September Episodes).
2006 CBS “Early Show” (Television Program -NYC).
2006 Movies: Gracie - “The Movie” NYC.
2006 CBS “3 Pounds” (Television Program - NYC).
2006 Movie: NBC “The Black Donnelly”- NYC.
2006 “The Knights of Prosperity” (Television Program - NYC).
2006 World Wide Pants, “David Letterman Show.”  New York City.
2006 Criminal Intent - Law & Order (Television Program NYC - August Episode).
2006 "As the World Turns” (CBS T.V. Soap Opera - NYC).
2006 Crooked River Productions (Television Commercial - “Cable Vision”) NYC.
2006 U-Direct - “Angus” (Commercial) NYC.
2006 Televast - Guiding Light (Television CBS Soap Opera - Three July Episodes).
2006 Six Degrees (Television Program NYC - Three July Episodes).
2006 Movie:  “ Islander Films” - NYC.
2006 Hungry Man (Commercial “Earthlink”) - NYC.\2006 Crash Production (Commercial) NYC.
2006 Movie: “The Wedding Album” - NYC.
2006 Televast- Guiding Light (Television CBS Soap Operas NYC -Two April Episodes).
2006 Crash Productions (Commercial) - NYC.
2006 747 Corporation (Commercial) - NYC.
2006 NBC “Conviction” (Television Program - NYC - Three July Episodes).
2006 Six Degrees (Televison Program NYC - March Episode).
2006 Law & Order (NBC T.V. Television Program NYC - March Episode).
2006 Special Victims Unit - Law & Order (Television Program NYC - March Episode).
2006 ABC T.V.  -“All My Children” (Television Soap Opera NYC - March Episode).
2006 NBC T.V. Studios - “Saturday Night Live” New York City (February Episode)
   

The Early Years:

At barely six years of age, this child prodigy, captured the attention of the Rochester Memorial Art Museum, Rochester, New York.  Liccione was awarded an art scholarship for emerging young artists from the museum art school every year from early childhood through his senior year in high school. 
   
The young artist was encouraged by his teachers at The Rochester Memorial Art Museum to examine and study the works of many of the Old Masters, which were part of the museum’s collection.  During this same time period, the museum introduced this talented youth to the works of many American Modern Painters, whose works deeply inspired the young artist.
   
While a senior in high school, Liccione was invited to study portraiture for one semester at the Rochester Institute of Technology under the guidance of renowned portrait painter, Stanley Gordon. Liccione’s fascination with the Old Masters coupled with Gordon’s influence have had a profound lifelong influence on the artist.
   
Upon graduation from high school, another exciting opportunity awaited the young artist. The Italian Government awarded Liccione a four-year scholarship to study art at one of Italy’s oldest and most prestigious fine arts academies, Accademia Di Belle Arti Di Brera in Milan, Italy.
   
Moving from his New York brown-stone, Liccione, traveled to the prestigious Italian school,  an institution where the world’s most famous and revered artists and art historians of the day were teaching.
   
The young Liccione’s new adventure was upon him.  He rolled his crisp handmade drawing paper, gathered knife-sharpened pencils, and his personal belongings, and headed to Milan.  Upon arriving on the historic streets, he caught a breathtaking view of the mountains in the distance while waiting for the trolley to the academy and was taken by the beauty of the landscape.  Arriving at the school’s historic doors, the artist walked down the academy’s impressive stone hallway and was taken by the row of ancient Roman and Greek sculptures.  Wide- eyed, and seriously intent, Liccione began studying under the direction of the world’s most revered artists and art educators in an environment of natural beauty and classical art.
   
Liccione was exposed to vigorous training in the Old World art techniques of academic art that was central to the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera’s curriculum.  This serious young artist meticulously soaked in the intellectual depth of his teachers and the exposure to the Old Masters   After four years of intense study, Alexander Liccione, received the International Professor of Fine Arts degree from this prestigious international art school.
   
"To be the best one can be in the field of Fine Arts, one must learn 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 artworks have been viewed, loved, treasured and studied for centuries - they have endured the test of time." —Alex Liccione 2007
   
The 1980’s and 1990’s  
Returning to the United States, he made his way to the American art capital, New York City.  Almost immediately, Liccione began to exhibit and sell his paintings professionally in the SOHO district of the city.  The city inspired his early paintings and artistic vision.  His work now featured askew architectural studies and up-close detail ("Architectural Series" 1980's-1990's). The artist’s complex and creative nature propels Liccione’s artistic gift to new heights.  It was during the 1980’s that he originated his renowned “Stereo Painting,” which featured two paintings on one canvas that were viewed through a stereo-optician lens —creating a virtual three-dimensional world on a flat surface. Needless to say, Liccione’s distinct style and passionate vision attracted the attention of the New York art world and beyond.
         
After this time, the artist sought out intensive expert training in Mural Painting and before long it led to various commissioned large-scale works and backdrops, some as large as 40 feet, for theatrical and film productions.  Hundreds of new artworks by Liccione become a constant demand from the television and movie industry.  The call for Liccione’s dramatic art works by the broadcast and theatrical industry continues to this day. 
                 
In recent years, this New York artist and painter has created works of art for theatrical, movie, and television sets and backgrounds including “Spider man 3," “Saturday Night Live,” “David Letterman Show,” “Guiding Light,”  “Early Show,” “Law & Order,” “60 Minutes,“ “The Bill Cosby Show,” and “Sesame Street.“ Liccione’s creations have netted him five Emmy Awards for outstanding art direction, set decoration, and/or scenic design from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
   
Beyond this demanding schedule, Liccione continues to apply his distinctive style of painting to many other projects and traditional artistic venues.  At present, Liccione’s personal project has been to paint images from black and white photographs taken during and depicting the “Aleutian Campaign” of World War ll.  His paintings evoke the drama and personal tragedy of this heroic age.  The artist’s hauntingly beautiful portraits and scenes appear as though Liccione was present during wartime and looking through the camera used by the soldiers capturing these photographic subjects.  Those who seek Liccione, for commissioned portraits of their own heroes are people who also know how much the artist honors and appreciates sacrifice and dedication and how he is able to capture the essence of their loved-ones.  These paintings are being produced to be included in his latest project, a book of the true accounts and images from actual World War ll.  The inspiration for the book, according to Liccione, comes from a very special World War II veteran, his father, James Liccione, Sr.
   
Alexander Liccione’s art can be found in the collections of national and international museums including:  The American War Library - "American Heroes" Museum - Gardena, California; Pinacoteca di Brera [Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera], Milan, Italy.  His artwork is also part of over 37 private collections worldwide.
   
By  Mr. Joe Ellis,  Ms.Connie Liccione, Ms. Caryl Westergren                   
   
                                         
The architectural  Series -
The Idea is to render paintings of architectural  building of New York City came to him while strolling the old quarter of the city.  The artist was eyewitness to the ever changing cityscapes and the destruction of precious facades of yesteryears.

To the artist the subject of architectural  will always be an ongoing adventure of recording the many aspects of carved decorative motifs, which litter the street of New York City.
   
The Architectural Series of paintings rendered during the 1990's carry them further - to include linear and aerial perspective as being the dominant force and in some cases combining techniques and methods of “Sfumatura” and “Chairoscuro” to establish value patterns.  The painting have become character signatures, which in turn lends towards and emotional and expressive means of representation.

The paintings take on a spiritual meaning created by the atmospherical qualities captured by the artist’s brush as a means of and ongoing changing architectural city scape.

“The theme of capturing the unique architecture of New York City is stressed on close-up details of rare architectural decoration motifs.  Strewn throughout the city of New York one can observe decorative motifs dating over a hundred years.  The craftsmanship unseen, and in many cases unappreciated.  I hope in painting the various decor details, people (especially New Yorkers), will take notice” - Liccione
   
The Military Series -
Liccione’s Military Series were painted during a few months between the years of 2002-2003. These paintings are based on actual black and white photographs takes during the Aleutian Campaign of Word War ll.  Liccione plans to add this series of paintings with paintings depicting all aspects of military Life.  Surviving veterans form World War ll have sent him an abundance of photographic materials.  This will offer the world another means of preserving images and stories for future generations.

The Portrait Series -
In his “Portrait Series.” Liccione explores the possibility of modern concepts through developing a unique personal style while maintaining an originality of design.

In this series the artists reflects on the “Corridor of Time” theme by preserving the technical principles of the Old Masters.  Inspired by old photographs of family members of a time long past, these portrait paintings are brought to life where expressions and mood interests are captured in limited color values.

These captivating portraits form a testimonial journey - an adventure in the life of the keepers that comprises an era belonging to the Greatest Generation.
 
   
   


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