Born in the Dominican Republic in 1949 to a politically persecuted family, Aurelio Grisanty (Rail), understood from an early age the freedom Art can give to a soul under oppression.
Later he writes: "The tyrant was killed in 1961 and with him died the persecution of my family." Free, my Grandparents bought an old Victorian house in the center of an enormous garden. I was twelve.
For the next two years, which at that age seems very long, I lived in that garden. It became the accomplice of all my plots and dreams. It became a refuge, a friend hard to forget. There I learned how green is shaded by red. Without direct light, yellows become brown. How purple unveils its reds and blues in a transparency. And black does not exist. I learned that small things can create a big context and vice versa. I learned that the character of man is as complex as Nature’.
In 1974, Aurelio graduated with a degree in Graphic Design and Fine Arts in Mexico City. By 1979 he had become Co-Director of the design department in one of the Dominican Republic’s most distinguished advertising agencies. Aurelio also started the graphic design department in two universities and became the director in both. He has won numerous prizes and awards for his Art work, stage, and costume design.
In 1979 Aurelio retired from his graphic design career. In 1984 he moved to Washington DC to pursue his work as an artist and painter while gaining his American citizenship from the Government of the United States in 1997 as an Exceptional Individual of International Renown.
In 2004, after seventeen individual exhibits and fourteen group shows all around the world, Aurelio decided to move his art studio to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Rehoboth reminds him of his childhood years vacationing on the beach. It also reminds him of the beach posters that adorned the walls of his old vacation home. Trying to recreate the ambiance of that house he started designing his own posters. Rehoboth Beach came first and later he designed posters of other coastal towns in the area.
Currently Aurelio is working on a series of these fabulous and hugely popular travel posters which focus on the beach towns up and down the East Coast while also painting large murals in restaurants in Washington, DC.
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