René Carol Capone (b. September 22, 1978) is an American painter known for his depiction of the male figure framed by whimsical, mysterious imagery. Capone began his career in 2002 creating dreamlike, sensual 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, and 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. His relationship to the famed mobster Al Capone remains a well-kept mystery. His birth certificate legally says Capone. He attended the Parsons School of Design in New York City with a scholarship in fine arts. Upon completion in 2000, he moved to California where he still currently resides.
He took a four-year absence from creating fine art to dig deep into the topic of child abuse, proudly producing the graphic novel entitled, The Legend of Hedgehog Boy. The novel struck a deep chord with readers, and transformed the artist as well. Other publishing achievements include Stripped: The Illustrated Male and A Boy Named Patience. His work has been featured in RFD Magazine, XY magazine, Blue and more. In recent years he has had his work translated into book covers for the creative efforts of writers from France and Isreal. Back home in California he is the featured artist for a series of books from ArnoLand Press called The Goldberg Variations: Vol. 1-4.
Compilations of René Capone's artwork titled "Any Given Moment" and "A Boy Named" may both be found on Amazon. You can find more about the artist online at: https://www.renecaponeart.com/