Educated at Syracuse University, he has created paintings for many notable book publishing, editorial, and gaming clients including Audible, Penguin Putnam, Tor, Berkley, Random House, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Harcourt, Little Brown, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Disney Hyperion, Bookspan, Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro, Upper Deck, Weekly Reader, the Village Voice, and Realms of Fantasy. Additionally, his paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums both in the United States and Internationally, including Gallery Nucleus, the Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books, the Society of Illustrators in New York and Los Angeles, and the Strong National Museum of Play. His artwork has been recognized by many prominent juried illustration competitions including Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles, Art Renewal Center, Infected By Art, Ballistic Publishing and Step-By-Step Graphics. In 2019 he joined the United States Mint’s Artistic Infusion program, which provides the opportunity to deign this country’s coins and medals. Allen also has been teaching at the Rochester Institute of Technology since 2003. His studio is located in Rochester, NY on the southern shores of Lake Ontario.
12” x 12” on cradled panel
This piece is inspired by the “alebrijes” by Pedro Linares, a Mexican artisan born in Mexico City, who specialized in paper mâché figurines. The concept of “alebrijes” was created after the artist became ill around the age of 30 and dreamt of dying and being reborn in a land filled with these mythical creatures. After he recovered from his illness, he began to create colorful figurines based on the animals he saw in his dreams. My painting Not-a-Piñata is a mythical toad inspired by the works of Pedro Linares.