About the Artist
VINCENT J. CASTALDI
From the beginning Vincent Castaldi has known he was an artist. He loved drawing, showed significant talent from an early age and began his formal studies in elementary school, taking whatever art, drawing and pottery classes were available. He continued his focus on the arts into junior high school and was accepted into the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Junior School Program figure drawing classes.
His artistic ambitions were nurtured during his high school years where he completed accelerated art classes and participated as a teacher’s assistant and youth art instructor. He also started a part-time business -“Signs Unlimited” - designing and painting signs for local organizations.
In 1982, Vincent was accepted into the Rhode Island School of Design. For practical purposes he studied Illustration and focused on caricature, editorial and children’s illustration. During his senior year, he was accepted into the RISD European Honors Program in Rome. He spent his time abroad studying Italian culture and language as well as drawing and painting from the inspired Italian art and landscape. Upon the advice of a visiting professor, Vincent introduced collage into this artwork as a way of describing shapes and colors, adding texture and he completed a series of collage that were exhibited as his senior degree project. Vincent graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration in 1986.
After graduation, Vincent sought work as an editorial illustrator for magazines and newspapers. He worked for a time as a freelancer illustrator but eventually decided to pursue his own artistic inclinations. He has continued to work as an artist creating a body of primarily figurative abstract and expressionist work. His primary materials have included collage, multi-media, pastel and oil pastel.
Vincent’s work has been included in many galleries and shows nationally. He is also a generous supporter of various arts and charitable organizations where he has donated his time and work.