May 27-June 26, 2011Opening Reception
Early in his career, Ralph Cosentino, son of two “Flamenco” dancers, worked as a PR representative for the Dolly Madison Bakery Company. His duties included wearing a vile, sweat residue smelling “Snoopy” costume outside local Dolly Madison stores to attract customers, (mostly policemen). He was often seen waving to folks on roadsides, even though he was ridiculed, he held his composure and was determined to make Charles Schultz proud ( Ralph was a consummate professional ). Ralph’s challenges included dodging rocks and deflecting physical abuse from passers by, mostly children. He now cringes at the sight of “Zingers”.
Ralph also worked for various advertising agencies in Cleveland as a designer and illustrator. He held a post as Art Director of Learning Horizons, a children’s educational products company of American Greetings. He has done development work for Warner Bros., Disney, Cartoon Network, and Revolution Studios. His characters including Honk-Honk-Ashoo have been licensed as toy lines in Target. His self-produced Kaiju Kidz toys sold out at retailers such as Kid Robot and Tower Records. He currently works as a Senior Designer at Hallmark Cards where he creates characters, flash animated e-cards and books. Ralph is the author and illustrator of various children’s books including The Story of Honk-Honk-Ashoo and Swella-Bow-Wow, The Marvelous Misadventures of Fun-Boy, Batman: The Story of The Dark Knight, Superman: The Story of the Man of Steel and Wonder Woman: The Story of the Amazon Princess.
He lives in Kansas with his wife, Lisa, their three children, two dogs, Argus and Elwood, and their cat Hyao. Ralph hopes to return to Argentina and become a gaucho.
This is Ralph's first solo exhibit at Rotofugi Gallery. He has participated previously in our Toy Karma exhibits.