Curt Chiarelli has been providing design, sculpture and illustration services for the motion picture/television, toy/collectible, video game, museum exhibit and publishing industries for 25 years. A native born and bred Chicagoan, Curt began his career early at the age of 20 when he was contracted to create storyboards for the McDonald’s Corporation.
At the age of 23 and barely after receiving his B.A. in Communication Arts from Columbia College, he became this country's youngest production designer when he was hired by HBO to art direct a comedy feature presentation, "Men Will Be Boys".
From that point forward he began to receive a steady stream of commissions until his first major career breakthrough occurred in 1991 when he created the stop-motion animation model of the character, Goro for the Williams Electronics international blockbuster hit video arcade game, "Mortal Kombat".
In 1994 he left his staff position in the Exhibit Design Department at the John G. Shedd Aquarium to accept an invitation from Skellington Productions to join their team in the creation of the stop-motion animation models and effects for the feature length motion picture, "James and the Giant Peach". Noticing that his employment prospects were much enhanced and the weather far more accommodating, he decided to remain in the balmy climes of California for the next 13 years.
Now, 15 years later, after having his work featured in the prestigious "Spectrum" anthologies, enjoying a rewarding collaboration with world renowned fantasy illustrator, Boris Vallejo and tackling such high-profile commissions as the creation of the action figures for the "Halo" video game product line, the advertising campaign assets for "The Age of Empires III: The War Chiefs" and theatrical masks for a collaborative effort between Cirque du Soleil Productions and illusionist, Criss Angel titled, "Believe", Curt has moved to the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area where he continues to teach advanced-level university courses and to create work of distinction for such clients as Microsoft Corporation/Bungie Studios, Miller Brewing Company, Capital One, Gemmy Corporation, Walt Disney Productions, Universal Studios, Steve Johnson's Edge FX, Michael Curry Design, Chiodo Bros. Productions, Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment, Cartoon Network, MTV, HBO, IMAX, Lucasfilm Licensing, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros. Toys, RC 2 Corporation/JoyRide Studios, Hasbro Toys, Mattel Toys, Kenner Toys, Moore Action Collectibles, McFarlane Toys, Playing Mantis Toys, Fisher-Price Toys, Dark Horse Comics, Diamond Comics Distribution, Conte Collectibles, Franklin Mint, Noble Collection, Ashton-Drake Galleries, Illusive Concepts, 3DO/Cyclone Studios, Electronic Arts, Accolade, the Field Museum of Natural History and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, amongst many others.
Member of the National Sculpture Society, the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, the Film Music Society and the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.
Always looking for new horizons to conquer, Curt has added a fresh wrinkle to his career as an author. His first book, the gonzo Lovecraftian satire, "Shoggoths & Shibboleths and Other Eldritch Tomfooleries" and his second, a comic memoir of his life as a commercial artist, "Fiddling Whilst Rome Burns" are now complete.
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Fiddling Whilst Rome Burns: An Artist's Odyssey Through America
by Curt Chiarelli
"Fiddling Whilst Rome Burns: An Artist’s Odyssey Through America" is not only a chronicle of an artist's search to understand the forces that shaped him, but also an epic snapshot of the American Century in its twilight years. Full of insights, anecdotes and twisted tales from the front lines of show biz, it is a witty and wickedly scathing tale of the B side of the American Dream.
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