ABANDONED BY THE MUSE World-renowned, mythically inspired LGBT artist Rene Capone has been an internationally acclaimed figure artist since 2002. Capone is well known for his evocative, mythic portrayals of young men searching for identity and acceptance all while wandering through whimsical landscapes. His work breaks ground, revealing a side of the artist never before seen: someone who found love, against all odds only to accept medically, it can be taken away in a heart beat. A new found attitude reveals itself in his work, showing themes of mythic escapism. Perhaps he seeks innocence in a world of brutality.
Capone has always been a fearless artist, described in The Advocate by Arts Editor Adam Sandel as “Blending childlike wonder with eroticism, creating images of innocence, beauty, dander and fear.” As he ventures back onto the art scene, Capone hopes his artworks inspires vulnerable to be the bravest powerful and most enigmatic tool one can ever yield. Twenty years & without vulnerability your artwork means nothing.
CAPONE ARTIST STATEMENT I'm a storyteller first and then a figure painter. The biggest and most important themes in life have been addressed in art throughout the ages: love, hate, fear, anger, revenge and reconciliation. I believe it is an artist's job to tell these stories so mankind can face the truths within their own nature and make the best choices available to him... or her.
My work is for an audience that likes their artwork layered and confrontational. I dive into the deep end of human experience and hope to god that I remember how to swim so I then get out of the pool with a sense of humor. When an artist does that successfully then they have done their job. It's not enough to just make pretty pictures or throw up random erotica. That would be way too easy. If I can remind people to have the courage to live & tell their own truths, then I can call myself and artist.
I believe adventures of survival. Mythic forecasts with no clear answers. This is how can we can inspire one another. Currently we live in a dangerously glossy & artificial world. I have nothing against beauty or erotica, which I clearly use within my work. However, I have deep longing for truth. Sometimes yours, my own and then the world's. Looking for this undercurrent of truth is where I belong, it's where I'm most comfortable.
"ABANDONED BY THE MUSE" watercolor & color pencil, 2019 (high resolution download)