Ever since he was a child, Alex fantasized about the West Coast. The beautiful weather, the coastal beaches, rich sports history, carefree way of life, and bountiful harvests across the landscape. All that and more comprised his obsessions with the West Coast. The work he creates is an extension of that desire. The mystique behind California drew him into spending much of the time studying and examining what comprised this Californian “persona”, in efforts to celebrate it within his work.
Alex Ranniello is a Connecticut based painter. His forte is working in portraiture and figure painting. His work captures the highest moments of summertime in a way that reflects the human spirit through maximal colorful palettes, gestural brushstrokes, and enticing scenery. His work is influenced by artists associated with Southern California as well as the Bay Area figurative Movement, particular artists being Wayne Thiebaud, Paul Wonner, David Hockney, David Park, and Richard Diebenkorn.
Life and Art
Ranniello received his BFA in Painting & Drawing from Hartford Art School in 2017 and completed a Single Artist Residency at A.I.R. Studio Paducah (Paducah, KY) in July of 2018. In the past three years, his work has been featured in over 20 shows including 3 solo exhibitions across Connecticut. In 2019, Ranniello was a visiting Artist at Manchester Community College and a Regional Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards Juror in 2019 and 2020 for the state of Connecticut. He was also 2nd place winner of The CT+6 Regional Juried Exhibit (2018) at West Hartford Art League. In addition to his studio art practice, he is Assistant Gallery Manager at Stockman Gallery (New Britain, CT) and served as an 'arts workforce' program administrator for Connecticut Office of the Arts (2020). He has been a part of multiple public art programs & initiatives across Connecticut including Hartford Paints The City Mural (2018), Black Lives Matter Mural (2020), and The Hartford 5 x 5 Mural (2020) Projects, and served as a workshop assistant at Wethersfield Academy for the Arts in 2017. In 2018, he co-founded GoingPlaces Artists Collective- a Connecticut based arts advocacy group, and is now concluding his Master’s Degree in Communications at The University of Hartford.