Charlie Visconage, a self-taught artist in Washington, DC, started expressing himself on stage with improvisational comedy and later in his own late-night talk show, The Charlie Visconage Show. Through a combination of building the show on his own and interviewing many DC-area artists as guests on the show, Charlie decided to switch gears and begin creating his own visual art when the show ended in late 2013. His influences include artists Graham Roumieu, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, and Matt Sesow.
Charlie’s work seeks to capture the world as seen through his brightly colored, cartoonish, and self-taught lens. Charlie’s paintings explore a range of American pop culture subjects: movie scenes, politicians, musicians, animals, visions of the future, magazine ads, and comic book panels. Each of Charlie’s paintings feature a piece of text related to the image, sometimes describing the image, sometimes based on a related bit of overheard conversation.
Charlie wakes up at 5 AM daily to paint at his studio space at DC Arts Studios in Takoma Park, Washington, DC. When traveling, Charlie also creates smaller works based on conversations overheard at bars and restaurants. Charlie’s work has been featured in galleries in Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland. In 2016, Charlie completed several large-scale murals at the Washington, DC bar, The Passenger. His first major solo show, Cool Guy Alert!, opened January 4, 2018.
In 2017, Charlie changed his signature to more accurately reflect his work - a bold, red and black V.
Recently, Charlie taught an Outsider Pop Art Workshop to over 30 children at The Hill Center Gallery in Washington, DC. He hopes to continue to inspire the next generation of outsider artists.
Charlie’s work portrays a world where colors are bright, guns are golden,animals have attitude problems, and correct spelling is optional.