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.
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.
Giada De Laurentiis
Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen
Argentine President Menem
(The late) Yul Brynner