Dennis Orlando is an award-winning artist with over twenty-five years of professional experience. Dennis was trained as a fine arts painter in the 70’s and spent over 20 years working with traditional artist tools. In the early 90’s, he helped pioneer a new fine arts medium called “Digital Painting”, creating traditional painterly images, totally through the use of digital tools. He demonstrated how traditional artists could use new technology for creative self-expression. His work is said to achieve a delicacy of expression unusual in digital art. Landscapes and still life’s that capture the mysterious, evanescent quality of light in a way that clearly owes more to the impressionists than to computer science.
Orlando received his formal fine arts and commercial arts training at the Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia and Bucks County College in Newtown, Pennsylvania, USA. Orlando’s computer graphics skills are self-taught and have been shared with thousands through magazine articles and tutorials featured in over 15 books. His digital paintings, created entirely on the computer, have received international recognition and can be seen in corporate collections, gallery exhibitions, books, CD-ROM’s and on the web. He has received numerous honors and awards in the fields of fine art, digital illustration, web design, advertising, marketing communications and graphic design.
In the 1980’s, Orlando set up one of the east coasts first digital creative studios within an advertising agency environment. A revolution that started slowly, but swept through the industry changing everything in its wake. Dennis has a diverse background as a fine artist, graphic designer, art director, creative director, digital strategist, Web Design creative consultant, and adjunct professor.
Dennis’ digital paintings have appeared internationally in exhibitions, books, magazines, CD-ROM’s, videos, calendars and on the World Wide Web. His work has been selected to appear in PRINT magazine, Macworld, eDesign, Computer Artist, Publish, Computer Pictures, Multimedia Producer, NADTP Journal, CD ROM Today, IEEE and numerous other magazines. Orlando’s digital paintings are currently showcased in 15 books published by Peachpit Press, Rockport, MIS, Madison Square Press, SYBEX, IDG, Hayden and Graphic Sha, Tokyo, Japan.
Orlando’s paintings have been exhibited nationally in shows in Boston, Chicago, Colorado, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Princeton and San Francisco. International shows include exhibits in Germany, Israel, England, France, Italy, Sweden, Japan and Canada.
In December 1994, Dennis was awarded first prize in Computer Pictures Annual competition for the Fine Art 2-D category. In 1994 and 1995, work was selected as part of the winning entries in Fractal Design’s Annual ArtExpo competition. In March of 1996, Dennis’ work was selected by PRINT magazine as a winner in the Digital Art & Design Annual and received a Certificate of Excellence. Also, in March of 1996, Encore Images and Fractal Design selected Dennis’ work to appear in a special “first of its kind” exhibition in Silicon Valley, CA. In January 1997, Dennis’ “Dock with colorful boats” was purchased by the Scitex Corporation for it’s corporate collection in Israel. Over the last 20 years, his creative work in the fields of advertising and graphic design, have also been honored with industry awards.
Some of the commercial clients Dennis has worked with over the years include: Agfa, ARAMARK, American Stores, Arm & Hammer, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Burroughs Wellcome, Eli Lilly, Goodfellow, Merck, Penn National Insurance, Proctor & Gamble, Prudential Insurance, Sandoz, SEI, SmithKline Beecham, SKF FlexLink, Tarkett, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, The Barnes Foundation, WYSP Philadelphia Radio (CBS) & WLIF Baltimore Radio (CBS).