Statement Of Purpose
Alex Ranniello is a studio painter based out of Bloomfield, Connecticut. His forte is portraiture & figure painting working across oils, acrylics, watercolor, inks, and beyond. His paintings embody the highest spirits of summertime, capturing the pinnacle of the human spirit through bright luminous colors and robust brushstrokes, encapsulated by graphic contours. While painting cheerful, tropical, and warm summer scenes, Ranniello recreates his own pool & beach photoshoots combined in conjunction with characters from social media & beyond. Titles of his work like Kissed In La Jolla, Spirits Down Crenshaw, or Peaches of Modesto derive from cities and landmarks spanning California and the West Coast and pay respect to the lineage and beauty of both the scenery & seascapes. Additionally in his studio practice, Ranniello does both privately & publicly commissioned work in colored pencils, inks & watercolors, pastels, and charcoals. Outside the studio, Alex paints many public commissioned murals across Connecticut. His designs are an extension of the inspiration from his studio work. Many of these influences include icons of 20th century Western painting; Wayne Thiebaud, David Hockney, and Richard Diebenkorn including today’s painters from the SoCal and Bay Area such as (but not limited to) Danny Heller and Eric Nash. His ultimate hero being Henri Matisse; His revolutionary approach to painting captured the gestural spirit of the human form, paired with a tactile painting style and modern approach to color theory. From the earliest paintings (1890s) all the way up to his cutouts before his death (1954), Matisse remains the motivation and the spirit to why he creates, and a reminder to never stop innovating.
Life And Art
Alex Ranniello is a studio painter & mural artist based in Bloomfield, CT. Outside his role as a studio artist, he’s had both multifaceted and widespread community involvement in the Arts across CT. Since 2016, he has served as an arts program administrator, gallery assistant manager, workshop assistant, curator, guest speaker, visiting artist, event team manager, juror, and above all- an advocate for the arts. His academic education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Painting & Drawing (‘17) including dual minors in Cermaics & Art History and he achieved his Master’s in Marketing & Communications from The University of Hartford (‘21).
In 2017, Alex began humbly serving as a workshop assistant at Wethersfield Academy for the Arts. In 2018, he completed his Single Artist Residency at A.I.R. Studio Paducah (Paducah, KY) and co-founded GoingPlaces Art Collective; A Connecticut-based arts advocacy group founded to support and unite local artists with businesses & organizations through sustainable opportunities. From 2018 to 2021, he served as the Assistant Gallery Manager at Stockman Gallery in New Britain, and in 2020 he served as an Arts Program Administrator for Connecticut’s State Office of the Arts. Additionally, Alex has served as a Painting Juror for the Regional Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards in Connecticut (‘19–’21) and was a visiting Artist at Manchester’s Community College Arts program.
In five short years, Ranniello has showcased five solo exhibitions, including 30+ group exhibits in addition to his litany of festivals, fairs, and pop-up community events. At West Hartford Art League, he was the 2nd place prize winner of The CT+6 Regional juried exhibition (2018) and a 3rd place prize winner in the 30th Annual National Arts Program’s Exhibit here in Connecticut (2021). His work has been featured in The Hartford Courant, FOX61, News Channel 8, and The Wethersfield Life - his local hometown paper. Over the years, He has been produced over fifteen murals & public works across Connecticut, most notably The Hartford Paints The City Project, The 5 x 5 Mural Downtown Hartford Initiative, Meriden Humane Society Mural, the SoDo project, Constitution Plaza Barbershop’s mural, the JB Hunt mural, Hartford Has It mural, Faces of Connecticut mural, The Manchester Mahoney Rec. Center mural, New Canaan High School mural, and so much more.
Outside of the studio, Alex exceeds the regions of painting. Through partnership with local businesses, he has collaborated as a freelance Marketing Consultant for Glaze Innovative Salon (Hamden) and Agonist Gallery (Broad Brook), an Interior Designer with Bee’s Artistry (Hartford), and as a Workshop Instructor with Le Petit Studios (Farmington) and RiseUP Community Group (Hartford). In addition to working as a consultant for Glaze, he spent a few years with Stack Influence Agency (remotely) as a Social Media Micro-Influencer on a host of Product Marketing Campaigns. Still today, Alex remains a regular contributor on the Sports & Culture Podcast Productive Conversations.
In the near future, Ranniello plans on continuing to expand his Alexander Califournia Brand to both collaborate with other artists and design new products and merchandise. Additionally, he’s further expanding into blogging & podcasting, while remaining true to his studio practice and mural work. With a full slate of events ahead, the future remains golden and bright!