Aldo Luongo

Aldo Luongo

ALDO LUONGO (b. 1941, Italian)

Aldo Luongo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of Italian heritage. Since as far back as he can remember, Luongo had two great passions: art and soccer. Shortly after his graduation from the Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires, Luongo came to the U.S. to play professional soccer for the New York Generals. After his athletic career was cut short due to an injury, he arrived in New York City with a dream to pursue his artwork full time.

In the 70’s, he had his first major success with multiple reproductions of his black & white drawings. Not only were these prints released to great critical acclaim, they were a huge commercial success as well (hundreds of thousands of pieces sold within several years). Aldo had put himself on the map as a major international artist.

Aldo Luongo has continued his reign at the top of the contemporary art world for almost four decades – a distinction that puts him in a class of his own. He has received numerous awards and honors, including being named a 3-time official Olympic Artist (Summer 1988, Summer 1996, and Winter 2002); an official World Cup Artist (1998); an official U.S. Women’s World Cup Artist (1999); and the 1999 Sports Artist of the Year (U.S. Sports Museum). He also has twice been chosen to paint eggs for the White House Easter Egg Hunt which now reside in the Smithsonian Institute.

From his acrylics to his fine art prints, all of Aldo Luongo’s pieces embody the same sense of fluidity and intensity, the result of a true artist engaged in the passionate process of creation. His bold, impressionistic style has often been referred to as “Romance on Canvas”. Central to all of Luongo's paintings is the balance between memory and hope, sorrow and humor, freedom and control. These dynamics are clearly apparent in his figurative works, especially those portraying "The Hawk", an archetypal character based on the memory of his father and the discovery of his future self. Aldo Luongo's artwork captures more than just the viewers gaze… it echoes the experiences of life lived to the fullest.

ACCOLADES

1988 - Seoul Olympics Artist

1989 - Commissioned by the White House to paint Easter eggs for the annual Easter Egg Hunt (permanently displayed in the Smithsonian)

1992 - Barcelona Olympic Artist

1996 - US Olympics Artists & International Olympics Committee Artist

1996 - MDA Man of the Year

1998 - France World Cup Soccer Artist

1999 - US Women's World Cup Soccer Artist

1999 -Named Sports Artist of the Year by the US Sports Academy

2002 - Salt Lake City Winter Olympics Artist

2010 - Whistler, Canada Winter Olympics Artist EDUCATION The Academy of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina

SELECTED PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS & COLLECTIONS

2018 Chloe Gallery Summer Art and Winemakers’ Dinner Exhibition Chloe Gallery, San Francisco, California

The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.

The Museum of Science and Industry, Los Angeles, California

The Juarez Museum, Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico

The John F. Kennedy Museum, Boston, Massachusetts

The Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland

The Olympic Village Collection, Colorado Springs, Colorado

The Sports Museum, Daphne, Alabama

PRIZES, HONORS, & AWARDS

International Olympics, “Official Olympic Artist,”

(Summer 1988, Summer 1996, Winter 2002, Winter 2010)

World Cup of Soccer, “Official World Cup Artist” (1998)

U.S. Women's Soccer World Cup, “Official Artist” (1999)

1999 “Sports Artist of the Year,” U.S. Sports Museum

White House “Easter Egg Hunt,” commissioned painting

Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.

FAMOUS COLLECTORS:

Giada De Laurentiis

Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen

Matt Leinert

Bob Arum

Geena Davis

Kevin Costner

Placido Domingo

Argentine President Menem

Luciano Pavarotti

Jose Carreras

Dionne Warwick

(The late) Yul Brynner

Jerry Lewis

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