TYLER AIELLO - Biography
Sculptor Tyler Aiello was born in Denver, Colorado in 1967 and grew up in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood. His family was in the design, architecture and development business and he was exposed to these disciplines from an early age. Tyler studied architecture at Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles and later attended the prestigious California College of Arts and Crafts. In school, Tyler studied all facets of the visual arts and he ultimately weaved these interests together in a degree in Sculpture with a casting emphasis. He also became known as one of the top design color consultants and decorative painters in the Bay Area while he worked his way through school. Always a community activist, Tyler helped found the artist warehouse district Jingletown in Oakland, and was a member of the vanguard experimental installation group Survival Research Laboratories.
In 1995, Tyler moved back to Denver, with a dream of contributing to the cultural development of his hometown. With his family, the Aiello’s purchased a dilapidated block in the now popular RINO Arts District with the dream of developing a full-functioning Art Center. Tyler renovated the property himself and in 2002 opened the contemporary gallery Studio Aiello along with his wife, painter Monica Petty Aiello. Within a short time, the gallery was lauded as one of the most innovative spaces in the city and quickly gained award-winning acclaim. In 2003, Tyler renovated and opened a second large warehouse, the TarFactory, adjacent to the gallery which served as a sculpture and fabrication facility for regional working sculptors.
While Tyler’s business endeavors were growing, his career as an artist was also expanding, and in 2005, the Aiello family closed the gallery portion of their business – choosing instead to focus on the art making side of their interests. Since then, Tyler’s career as a working artist has exploded on a national level. He is known for his elegant metal sculptures that blend his interest in science and natural forms with a love of process and materials. With his wife, he often consults with the NASA scientific community in the development of his work and interdisciplinary educational and outreach projects. His work appears in numerous private and corporate collections internationally and is exhibited at museums and galleries nation-wide. In 2009, he unveiled a large-scale public art work for the City of Denver at the historic Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. He often works with architects and designers and has been commissioned to create large scale indoor and outdoor works for clients across the country. He has exhibited at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Center for Visual Arts, Foothills Art Center, Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, and the Madden Art Museum.
Tyler has always been an active member of the arts community and has enjoyed sharing his interests designing educational programs for NASA, K-12 schools, colleges, museums and libraries.. In 2010, the Aiellos launched their STEAM education group called EUREKUS to unite the arts, sciences and communities meaningful learning. Tyler also often works as guest curator, consultant and installation specialist for corporate collections.