Charlie Visconage

Charlie Visconage (b. 1986) is a self-taught artist living and working in Washington, DC. He started painting in 2015 and hasn’t stopped since, often waking up at 5 AM to get right to work. His current body of work reflects the transformative experience of participating in the Paradise AIR residency in Matsudo, Japan in February of 2020. Having visited Japan twice before, Charlie found the city of Matsudo, technically a Tokyo suburb, a completely unique aesthetic experience. Colors and shapes popped on even the most mundane bus signage as if they were a mashup between Fila in the ’80s and the interior of a Taco Bell in the ’90s. He was in love.
 
Drawing inspiration from the architecture of Matsudo and his diminutive residency studio, Charlie began creating small pieces with strong visual impact. He painted neon-drenched gouache portraits of locals he met in bars and coffee shops, capturing their personalities and interactions in bold portraiture and text. 
 
Charlie has continued this practice after his return to the United States and it continues to this day. His paintings explore the boundaries of traditional portraiture in their extreme emotion and playful color which is applied with a technique of deeply layered paint that allows a sculptural quality. Each piece has a string of text that conveys the hidden and not-so-hidden emotions of the subject, including desires, feelings of shame, dreams, and needs. Charlie’s paintings celebrate expression and the interpersonal and explore the emotive abstraction through which identity is formed.

 

EXHIBITIONS

2021    Big to Fight COVID 2, Virtual Auction, Philadelphia, PA

2020    Outside Forces: Outsider Art Inside the Beltway, Art Enables, Washington, DC

2020    Art All Night DC 2020: Virtual Edition, Washington, DC

2020    Bid to Fight Covid, Virtual Auction, Washington, DC

2019    The DC Lowbrow Invitational, The Chesire, Washington, DC

2019    Lanzarote Arts Festival, Las Palmas, Canary Islands

2019    Art Naif Festival Poland, Katowice, Poland

2019    FUNLAND Immersive Show, Hole in the Sky Collective, Washington, DC

2019     Something Blue, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY

2019     Night of 1,000 Fridas, Ten Tigers Parlor, Washington, DC

2019     Sheet Cake, Third Floor Gallery, Washington, DC

2018     Juried 02, Hole in the Sky, Washington, DC

 2018    10th Annual Juried Show, Riverviews Art Space, Lynchburg, VA

2018     Art All Night 2018, Washington, DC

2018     Outsider Art Inside the Beltway, Art Enables, Washington, DC

2018     Artdromeda Baltimore Pop-Up at Montgomery Park, Artdromeda Baltimore, Baltimore

 2018    Artists Against Gun Violence, Slim’s Diner, Washington, DC

2018     RECLAIMED, Art Enables, Washington, DC

2018     Art House Party, Washington, DC

2018    Cool Guy Alert! Exhibition, Hill Center, Washington, DC

2017   Willow Street Gallery Holiday Show, Willow Street Gallery, Washington, DC

2017    Clear for Landing, Hole in the Sky Collective, Washington, DC

2017   Freaky Future, Hole in the Sky Collective, Washington, DC

2017    1460 Wall Mountables, DC Arts Center, Washington, DC

2017    SoWeBo Arts Festival Art Show, SoWeBo Festival, Baltimore, MD

2017   Nu Androids Free Feels Art Pop-Up, Flash, Washington, DC

2016   Holiday Market, Garden District Bar, Washington, DC

2016   Say What?, Willow Street Gallery, Washington, DC

2016    Shaw Art All Night 2016, Wanda’s on 7th, Washington, DC

2016    Adams Morgan Day 2016, Washington, DC

2016    ArtBQ, Mt. Pleasant, Washington, DC

2016    1460 Wall Mountables, DC Arts Center, Washington, DC

2016    Refresh, DC Arts Studios, Washington, DC

2016   Takoma Park Art Hop, Washington, DC

2016    Juried_01, Hole in The Sky,Washington, DC

2015   Artomatic 2015, Landover, MD

2015   Adams Morgan Day 2015, Washington, DC

2015   DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Visual Art Exhibition for AFP 2015 Applicants, Washington, DC

2015   1460 Wall Mountables, DC Arts Center, Washington, DC

2015   Art-BQ, Washington, DC

2015   WE LOVE BALTIMORE silent auction to benefit the Baltimore Community Foundation’s Rebuilding Fund, Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2015   Out of Order 2015 Reception, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

2015   Bar Art, Todd Conner’s, Baltimore, MD

 

RESIDENCIES

2022   BigCi Artist Residency, Sydney, Australia (forthcoming)

2020   Paradise AIR Residency, Paradise Air, Matsudo, Japan

2019   The Derek Lieu Residency, Hole in the Sky Collective, Washington, DC

2018   Galerija Trebnje 51st Annual International Meeting of Naive Artists, Trebnje, Slovenia

BigCi Artist Residency, Sydney, Australia, February 2022 (forthcoming)

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2021   Eastern Market Art Series & Teaching, Making a Bigger World in a Tiny Space, Hill Center, Washington, DC

2020  Eastern Market Art Series & Teaching, Virtual Portrait Workshop, Hill Center, Washington, DC

2019   Eastern Market Art Series & Teaching, Hall of Artists Workshop,Hill Center, Washington, DC

2019   The Potomac School, Intro to Pop Art, Potomac School, Langley, VA

2018   Eastern Market Art Series & Teaching, Use Your Words Workshop, Hill Center, Washington, DC

2018   Art Enables, Words for Pictures Workshop, Art Enables Studio, Washington, DC

2018   Eastern Market Art Series & Teaching, Pop Art Workshop, Hill Center, Washington, DC