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Chappy Valente relocated to Wilmington from San Francisco in 1990 to work as a scenic artist for the film industry. After several feature films and television shows Chappy decided to work independently. He accepted a contract to paint a 2000 square foot mural at the Northeast branch of the New Hanover County Library. That opportunity led to several other mural projects in and around Wilmington and for the next ten years continued working on large format painting.
Having trained at Art Students League of New York in portraiture, Chappy decided to redirect his efforts more specifically to that discipline. After several successful years as a portrait artist he took the opportunity to study abroad at the International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy. Chappy describes that experience as a “defining moment” in his understanding of and appreciation for painting the landscape en plein air. Since then he has divided his studio time between those two disciplines with equal virtuosity and success.