Carlito Dalceggio: A State of Mind Artist
“I was having a night of love with a muse,” says artist Carlito Dalceggio. “It was the most beautiful night of my life.” He speaks of the darkened hours that shined light on his future; the hours that painted a picture of the rest of his life. After that eye-opening evening that Dalceggio gives vague particulars about, he promised himself that he would spend every following day doing what he loves best — painting.
This eccentric artist is most alive when the brush is in his hand. Using the ideas of revolution, exploration and freedom, Dalceggio doesn’t separate life and art in his paintings. “It’s one thing,” he insists. “I make everything around me beautiful — life is the ultimate canvas.” Producing artwork on anything from buildings to clothes to cars, this free spirit shows the world that he isn’t afraid of colouring outside the lines.
Dalceggio has immersed himself so deeply into his work that calling it “work” doesn’t feel quite right. “I don’t have hobbies,” he says. Total devotion is the key to his success. “I think you have to be a bit crazy to become an artist.”
Despite what most people would assume, constructive criticism and words of encouragement are not what helped Dalceggio, who was born in Quebec, become the painter he is today. Tuning the world out in times of artistic revelation is what continuously allows him to follow his intuition. “You have to listen to nobody,” he says. “I kind of forget who I am and even my human state to reach this higher level of consciousness.” These are foreign words to non-artists, but a success strategy for the imaginative mind.
With abstract paintings and unconventional installations, Dalceggio gives everyone a creative voice. “I consider it pieces of a puzzle, and I don’t tell the final story,” he explains. “It’s in the eye of the viewer and every person will create their own story when they see the piece of art.” Dalceggio combines symbols from a variety of cultures, countries and centuries, giving his work an ambiguous and interpretive nature for people of different backgrounds and ages.
His art gives people a glimpse into another realm. “There is enough war and misery in the world,” says Dalceggio. “For me, art is meant to uplift the human spirit.” His work continues to carry viewers into a magical world.