Dean Dalfonzo is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.  He completed an MFA in figurative painting from The New York Academy of Art in 2002.  In 2003, he was a summer resident in the studio of Odd Nerdrum in Stavern, Norway. He currently teaches drawing and painting at Pratt Institute, Parsons The New School for Design, The Fashion Institute of Technology and Franklin University Switzerland. Prior to that, he worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for The Baltimore Sun.

“My work embraces immediacy and the ascetics of paint. Value, color and composition are ultimately the subject. However, dolls, as static copies of human form, can be manipulated and seem to come alive through painting.  In the process, they offer unique opportunities for play. Conceptually, these toys are monikers for innocence and memory and step back and forth across the line of what is real and what is not. The process of painting itself is ultimately make-believe.”