"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, rather than a second-rate version of somebody else" - Judy Garland
Rene Carol Capone (b. September 22, 1978) is an American painter known for his depiction of the figure with whimsical and mysterious imagery often used together. He also works with stories and myths.
Capone began his career as an artist creating dreamlike, sensual, often homoerotic images of young men in search of love, identity, and their place in the world. His paintings and drawings are highly prized by art collectors in the LGBT community, they now hang on the walls of private and corporate collectors around the world.
Born in Niskayuna. A small town in upstate New York. He is the oldest of four children born of Linda Mammana. Capone is his adopted last name. He is of no relation to famed mobster Al Capone. Although he admits he doesn't mind if everyone thinks it to be true.
He attended the Parsons School of Design in Manhattan, New York City. Upon completion in 2000, he moved to San Francisco Bay Area where he currently resides in Northern California.
Private collectors of Capone's work can be found in the United States of America, Canada, Sweden, England, France, Japan, and the Netherlands. In 2004 Glaxo Smith Kline became his first corporate collector.
He took a four-year absence from creating fine art to dig deep within his psyche and painful childhood to create a series of paintings that inspired his graphic novel The Legend of Hedgehog Boy. The novel struck a deep chord within many readers, and it transformed the artist as well. Other publishing achievements include: "Stripped: The Illustrated Male" from Bruno Gmunder. His work has been featured in, RFD Magazine, XY magazine, Blue, Joey, Y&A, as well as being featured widely over the world wide web. Capone's art was reviewed by The Advocate in 2015 by arts and culture editor Adam Sandel.
Capone was in the hospital for multiple bone replacement procedures that took four years to complete. Currently, he is recovering from those surgeries. A series of art titled 'The Chronicles of Zebra Boy" was created during this time period. Both POZ magazine & HIVPLUS featured the artwork in an article titled "Turning Scars Into Art" in 2016. He opened a small art gallery & studio in Cherryland CA. Near by the hospital where the surgeries we're taking place he opened the space as a place to work out of while he healed from hip surgery. He named it after the town calling it "The Cherryland Art Gallery." www.cherrylandart.com