Sylvester Stallone has established worldwide recognition as an actor, writer and director, ever since he played the title role in his own screenplay, Rocky, which won the Academy Award in 1976 for Best Picture. Currently, Stallone is continuing his prolific life-long artistic career, this time as a visual artist in his own right. His artwork has been well-received by highly-reputable and well-respected art institutions from across the globe, including in countries such as France, Switzerland, Russia, and now the United States.
Born in New York City, Stallone attended school in suburban Philadelphia where he first started acting. He studied writing and drama at the University of Miami, where he learned various tools to channel his creativity; tools he has continued to use and develop throughout his life.
His paintings and sculptures have been featured at Art Basel, The Hermitage Museum in Russia, and at the Nice Museum of Contemporary Art in France. His 2011 exhibition at Galerie Gmurzynska, Switzerland, was accompanied by a catalogue written by art critics Anthony Haden-Guest (for The New York Times and The London Times) and Donald Kuspit, one of the most distinguished art critics in America.
The artist confesses that his love for visual arts exceeds his love for movie-making. He has been painting since he was eight years old, and has always relied on it as an instrument for remaining grounded throughout his prominent film career. Stallone’s inspiration comes from a variety of sources. His works owe much to artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. Some works relate directly to past film roles, such as Rambo or Rocky Balboa, while others are more oriented towards the metaphysical or even the existential; for example, when he depicts clocks as one of his many motifs. Stallone’s paintings are as action-packed as his movies and wholly unique through his own characteristic use of color, expressive gestures, and abstraction.
The artist currently lives and works in Beverly Hills, California.