Charles Fazzino was born in 1955, in Westchester County, New York. His mother was an artist and his father was a high fashion shoe designer. He was fascinated at an early age with pop-up children's books and 3-D movies. His debut in the art world came at age 15 when a collection of his pen-and-ink drawings attracted much attention at a 1973 exhibit in Bedford Hills, New York. His work was a hit and he sold more than two-thirds of the collection. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City as one of the most popular and highly collected pop artists of all time. During his more-than-thirty years as a pop artist, he has inserted his unique, detailed, vibrant, and three-dimensional style of artwork into the very fabric of popular culture. Fazzino¿s artworks are exhibited in hundreds of museums and galleries in more than twenty different countries. He has received many private and important commissions and has been selected as the official artist for festivals and events all over the world. Charles is often referred to as a pop culture historian because of the breadth of his work and the way it touches his collectors and captures the best parts of their contemporary lives. His legacy will mark him as part of the next generation of famous pop artists as he follows the paths originally forged by pop art pioneers such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Red Grooms, and Roy Lichtenstein.
As the creator of limited edition fine art silkscreen serigraphs, he is best known for his use of dazzling colors, exceptional detail and brilliant storytelling. The creation of Fazzino's works is an elaborate process from beginning to end that starts with extensive research into the subject. The work is then drawn, printed, hand-cut piece by piece and finally constructed painstakingly. And though each work of art becomes a limited edition serigraph, or mixed media unique, each piece is raised, cut or folded differently to become 3-Dimensional. Finally, every piece is then finished differently with acrylic and glitter paint and some are adorned with genuine Swarovski crystals. Thus, no two images are exactly alike.
Charles Fazzino has received numerous awards. In addition, he has done charity work with organizations such as Rosie O'Donnell's For All Kids Foundation, The Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Habitat for Humanity have added to Fazzino's endless resume of achievements.
Special Events, Commissions, and Museum Exhibitions
American Airlines JFK Terminal Installations (2009-2013) | Super Bowls XXXV-LII | Major League Baseball All-Star Games (2003-current) | Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale | Norman Rockwell Museum | Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum | Arlington Museum of Art | Olympic Museum Lausanne, Switzerland | Coral Springs Museum of Art |The World of Little League Museum |National Art Museum of Sport | The Holocaust Memorial | Tolerance Center and Museum of Nassau County | Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2009) | CMA Awards (2005, 2006) | Fort Lauderdale Centennial Celebration (2010) | Olympic Games (2000-2020) | Daytime Emmy Awards (2006-2011) | President's Council on Physical Fitness (2008-2010) | NHL All-Star Game (2007, 2008) | GRAMMY Awards (2004) | USA Sevens Rugby Tournament (2014) | Winterfest Boat Parade (2006, 2010, 2016) | Belmont Stakes (2005-2007) | Pori Jazz Festival (2009) | Brickyard 400 | National Jefferson Awards (2013) | Maria Fareri Children's Hospital/Westchester Medical Center | The City of New Rochelle, NY | New York Drama Desk Nomination for The FAZZINO RIDE Tourist Attraction (2009)