Charles fazzino Portrait

Charles Fazzino is a founder of the 3D movement in the late 70s.

He was born in New York in 1955 where he still lives and works.

Charles Fazzino - "The American Dream"  by M. Coullaud

Everything with Fazzino, his personal history, his artistic process, his success, embodies a virtuous "American Dream".

For many, he represents one of New York's symbols, of a happy, joyous and free America, an America open to others and to worldwide influences. His approach has long been internationalized. In addition to New York, which remains the subject of his "heart", during his many trips to galleries around the world that represent him, he became enamored with new cities.

Thirty years ago Fazzino created the 3D Pop Art, both to follow in the footsteps of Andy Warhol, who made art accessible to everyone, and also due to the influence of his childhood, pop-up books, happiness and games of his youth which were an immense and inexhaustible source of inspiration.
Everything is subject to his artistic curiosity. His 3D paintings capture all: sports, various professions, views of New York and cities around the world, the emotion of great contemporary events, tributes to the stars ... the list is endless as his appetite for discovery is enormous.

As an expression of his commitment to the American tradition of sponsorship and self-help, through his art, Fazzino supports, numerous medical and social causes nationally and throughout the world.

Fazzino is a piece of the American Dream that one takes home!

Projects partners and public collections: :

Super Bowls XXXV-XLVI National Football League
2000-2012 United States Olympic Committee
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale
2010 Fort Lauderdale Centennial Celebration
2009-2010 American Airlines JFK Terminal
Norman Rockwell Museum
Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
National Art Museum of Sport
2009 Ellis Island – Medal of Honor
2009 Pori Jazz Festival
2008 Andy Roddick Foundation
2008-2010 President's Council on Physical Fitness
2006-2011 Daytime Emmy Awards
2006, 2010 Winterfest Boat Parade
2005-2007 The Belmont Stakes
2005-2006 CMA Awards - Country Music Association
2004 Indy 500
2004 Grammy Awards
2003-2008 8 Major League Baseball (All-Star Games)
2001-2003-2004 Association Enfance et Partage (France)
Switzerland Sächsilüüte Festival (Zürich)
Disneyland Studios
Warner Bros. Studios (50th Anniversary of James Dean)
American Theatre and Producers league of the Metropolitan Opera NY
NBC's "Today Show"
Rosie O'Donnell's For All Kids Foundation
International Red Cross
The Muscular Dystrophy Association
Atlanta city, Georgia
2000 New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's NYC Committee
Japan's Mt. Fuji Museum

Private collections :

Rosie O'Donnell, Michael Eisner, Hillary Clinton, Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Roger Clemens, Michael Jordan, Ronde Barber, Justin Tuck, Donald Trump, Levar Burton, Derek Jeter, Joe Torre, Mariano Rivera, Keith Urban, Michael Eisner, Morgan Freeman, Tony Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Marlo Thomas, Ellen Degeneres, President Halonen (Finland), Eli Manning, Roger Clemens, Jim Brown, Rod Gilbert, Katie Couric, Dick Vitale, Roger Staubach, Aki Ashiro, Eiji Okuda, Lawrence Taylor, Petra Nemcova, George Steinbrenner, Drew Carey, Jonathan Winters, Kristin Chenoweth, Prince Albert of Monaco, Richard Petty, David Winfield, Angel Cordero, Jr.Tom Brady, Alexandra Kamp, Julia Roberts...

Education :

1977           Graduated of the New York School of Visual Art



The Fazzino Art process

Charles fazzino art process
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Fazzino's limited edition artworks are silkscreen printed multiple times on two different weights of 100% rag museum board. The bottom layer is printed on a 2- or 4- ply board, giving it the stability it needs to support the layers. The top layer(s) is printed on 100% rag museum paper thin enough to cut but sturdy enough to sit on top of the glue used to layer the artwork without bending. All of the individual pieces that make up the 3D layers of artwork are cut out by hand using an exacto knife. Because of the incredible level of detail captured in the cutting process, people often erroneously assume that the prints are either die-cut or machine-cut.



The cutting process is carefully planned out and highly artistic, achievable only by the most skilled artisans trained for hours in Fazzino's methods and techniques. The artistry in each Fazzino work is created as much by the 3D process as by the composition itself. All of the details are cut out of the top-layer cutout sheets and are matched up with the accompanying imagery on the bottom-layer boards that are signed and numbered.
Charles Fazzino experimented for many years to find a material suitable for layering the artwork. He settled on a special silicone because it gives him the flexibility to alter the depth of the artwork by varying the size of the dollops of glue. A piece of art might only have two or three distinct layers of art, but because of the variation in the height of each dollop, the artwork may appear to have four, five, or more layers. The pieces are also glued slightly off-center to emphasize the 3D effect. Once glued, each piece of artwork takes twenty-four hours to cure completely.


Charles fazzino art process Click to enlarge



Charles fazzino art process Click to enlarge


After the artwork is made 3D, it is hand-embellished using acrylic paint glitter and Swarovski crystals. According to Charles Fazzino, "the use of the glitter came about because I needed something to cover up my cutting mistakes. I started using it and it added some glitz to the work, so i kept using it and now it's a staple." Each Swarovski Crystal is applied by hand.Après collage, la tableau a besoin de vingt-quatre heures pour sécher complètement.



Silkscreen Printing

The majority of Charles Fazzino's fine art prints are made using a hand-stenciling printmaking process commonly referred to as silkscreen serigraphy, or silkscreen printing. Silkscreening gained popularity in the 1960′s with the explosion of the pop art movement. Revolutionary artist like Andy Warhol and Robert Raushenberg gravitated toward the silkscreening printing technique because it allows for bright, bold, and true colors, all of which were crucial to their particular styles. Charles Fazzino began making silkscreens of his original works in the late 1980′s.


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Charles fazzino wall painting

Charles Fazzino at work






Encadrement Charles fazzino 1

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signature fazzino

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