"Sometimes the most interesting part of the painting
is the part which the imagination creates."
Son of the famous metal sculptor, Salvatore Costantino, Ralph spent his early life in the arts working with his father as a sculptor and foundry man. As a young adult, Costantino became interested in painting and color. While he was still attending college, he was given his first contract with a large gallery in Houston which subsidized him and allowed him to complete his education. From that time on he was known as a Southern California artist and a Gulf Coast area artist, who successfully supported himself and his family as a painter. His first 20 years as an artist, his work sold through international distributors and galleries throughout this nation and overseas. Some of his work has been printed and woven into beautiful fabrics and tapestries. For the past 20 years, Costantino has been living on the island of Maui. In his 60's now, he's very much influenced by the colors of the island, and though the beauty of nature surrounds him, he still gets his inspiration from his spirit. Ralph is a remarkable combination of dedicated artist and relaxed, real person. At his studio in Lahaina, Maui, a different Costantino releases his intense dedication. Sometimes rough and bawdy, sometimes calm and peaceful, but always with endless enthusiasm, Costantino at work in his complete self, drawing inspiration from every occurrence both past and immediate to produce his paintings. Costantino is separate from any established art movement. Color is his forte and the singular quality which establishes his uniqueness. The artist's wide range of interests is expressed in his paintings which vary in content from childlike innocence to sophisticated compositions reflecting the somberness of today's world. Owners of his paintings are a fiercely loyal group who delight in sharing their interest with friends and at private showings in their homes.