Dark Chocolate Japan
Art Exhibit Opening Night Reception
Sunrise, FL (May 14, 2015) – The Sunrise Art Gallery is holding a Meet the Artist Reception featuring Carlos Aleman on Friday, August 28th from 6:30-9:30pm.
In the spring of 2013, Carlos Aleman made a short trip to Kyoto during cherry blossom week. He returned home to Sunrise, Florida and recorded his impressions of Japan as drawings and paintings. Often working in ‘dark chocolate’ acrylic paints, he integrated elements of cosplay, manga, anime, geisha, maiko and samurai into a whimsical style of pop surrealism and magical realism, ranging from the finely rendered to the loose and experimental.
This is Carlos Aleman’s second exhibit at the Sunrise Art Gallery. His 2012 exhibit, The Asian Philosophy of Carlos Aleman, was inspired after a trip to China in 2010. His new exhibit, Dark Chocolate Japan, will explore the concept of mono no aware (a sensitivity to ephemera) juxtaposed with the fun and color of cosplay and kimono. Harajuku and Shironuri fashion as well as Japanese monsters and ‘American Geishas’ will create a showcase of luminous dreams.
Carlos Aleman is a Cuban American writer, painter, illustrator, book cover designer, product and web designer. An early e-book draft of this novel entitled As Happy As Ling was a finalist in the 2012 International Latino Book Awards. In 2013, the release in paperback of Happy That It’s Not True was named one of the best novels of the year by the Latina Book Club. He is a judge in the 2014 National Association of Hispanic Publications’ José Martí Awards. His upcoming novel, Diego in Two Places will be released later this year by Aignos Publishing.
Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery
10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard
Sunrise, FL 33351
Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
For more information, call Gallery Information: (954) 747-4641 or visit
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