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A lifetime of art creation, curating and critiquing has turned F. Lennox Campello into a thought
leader in the world of the arts on a global scale.
TEX T BY ESTRELLITA S. SIBIL A
C uban-born F. Lennox Campello began selling his work
professionally in the late ‘70s while he was an art student
at Washington University. He was one of the regular
exhibiting artists at Seattle’s world-famous Pike Place Market
where he sold, gave away and traded over 2,000 pieces of his
work and got a taste for finding, nurturing and marketing other
artists. His trajectory into the art world was greatly influenced
by his time in the U.S. Navy, where among other duties, he
served as a cryptologist. “I enlisted when I was 17 years old
because I could grow a beard in the Navy, something my father
wouldn’t allow me to do at home,” he quips.
His service in the military was highlighted by frequent
bounces around the globe, spending long periods of time
in the Middle East, Spain and Scotland. “My travels left me
with a taste for multiple cultures and stories,” he says. His
experience as a former cryptologist has also filtered into his
artwork, where he encrypts hidden works within his pieces
in unexpected places like shadows, cracks on the walls or in
the muscles of the figures he draws.
Throughout his lifetime, Campello has enjoyed writing
about art and has written for dozens of different magazines
and newspapers. For over a decade, he’s documented the art
86 scene around Washington, D.C., in Daily Campello Art News
and has also published art-related books. “The art world is
always changing, with trends often being left in the dustbin
of art history and Father Time being the real critic of what
each movement was,” he says.
Today, he not only continues to develop his own body of
work, he and his wife run Alida Anderson Art Project where
they represent a variety of artists and exhibit their work at
various fairs around the world. He’s worked with artists like
Dulce Pinzon, a brilliant Mexican photographer who takes
social commentary to a new level; and he gave Washington
artist Tim Tate his first solo show back in the ‘90s. Since then,
he’s become a Stieglitz of sorts for
the glass world, dragging glass
from the crafts arena all the
way into the rarified upper-
crust of the fine arts.
Campello and the Alida
Anderson Art Project will
be exhibiting at Context Art
Miami in Wynwood during Art