Vinnie Dark -
A short biography: Born to Puerto Rican parents in New York’s Hell’s kitchen,
Vincente Antonio Alonso - AKA (Vinnie Dark) began to draw at a very early age. His
two uncles Manolo Alonso and Anselmo Alonso inspired Vinnie to draw and copy
thing out of comic books and the Sunday News papers.
Through out Vinnie’s youth his two uncles Continued to encourage Vinnie to draw and
some day start to painting. Even as a teenager Vinnie’s Interest in art continued to
develop and strengthen, although he had no formal art training at all Vinnie always
manager while in the military to carry a sketchpad in his backpack. After his discharge
from the Marine Corps, Vinnie continued to enhance his artistic skills through many
hours of drawing and painting.
During the 1960’s Vinnie began to received some recognition when he started to exhibit
in group shows in the Bronx, New York with such over whelming success, his profound
surrealistic and futuristic style that convey a special mood in his paintings that made
him unique in his work today.It was at this time Vinnie was invited to become
vice-president of the newly founded SPANISH-AMERICAN ARTIST ORGANIZTION INC
in New York City (1968). With in a short time 1969 – 1974 the Organization had
sponsored numerous community art exhibits in The Bronx, Manhattan and New Jersey
After resigning as Vice-president in 1975 Vinnie attended Ulster Community College at
Stone Ridge, New York not far from West Hurley where he lived with his wife and their
three children. It was there at ULSTER COLLEGE under the supervision and the
encouragement from three fine and talented Professors to continue his painting.
Anxious to return to New York City to paint and exhibit again, Vinnie abruptly left
college with just his associate degree in fine art and a newborn imagination of what
he wanted to do with a blank canvas, After some months in New York, Vinnie went on
to Los Angeles, California where he continued to paint did some work in the theter as
Over the years Vinnie attended many art exhibits, museums and galleries and has
been influence by many artist, but the painters that had the biggest and immediate
impact on Vinnie were YVES TANGUY, RENE MAGRITTE and EDWARD HOPPER.
Vinnie Dark is mention in the historian PETER BLOCH’S book “ Puerto Rican Painters
of New York City of the 1960’s” (Plus Ultra 1970) Under the name Vicente Antonio Alonso.
Vinnie’s work has been exhibited at various galleries, museums and colleges in New York,
New Jersey, Los Angeles and Florida.
Vinnie Dark is the recipient of seven (7) first place awards and one “BEST OF SHOW”
of the 1995 Created Art Festival National Art Show, Washington, DC. in June of the same
year. Three of Vinnie Dark’s paintings were exhibited in the White House during the
conference on Mental Health 1999 that was chaired by Tipper Gore.