Victor Spinelli, Boxeadora, mixed media
Victor Spinelli, Casino Poker, Deauville, hand painted on solid wood, 24 inch diameter disk
Victor Spinelli, Casino Poker, The Dunes Hotel, hand painted on solid wood, 24 inch diameter disk
Victor Spinelli, Casino Poker, playboy club, hand painted on solid wood, 24 inch diameter disk
Victor Spinelli-African Lion Skull.jpg
Multi Media Artist
Born: New York
One day, more than 20 years ago, I piloted my Hot Air Balloon to 11,000 feet as a jumping platform for sky divers. While descending, I noticed what looked like a high school from a mile up, and made my way toward an empty area nearby. I soon learned that I mistakenly landed on prison ground. After landing, the warden and inmates all had a laugh about my mile-high confusion, posing for pictures with the balloon. It was soon thereafter that I decided to sell the balloon and start traveling........Camera in hand.
During the past 20 years I have split my time between New York, the Mediterranean and California. The photography skills and artistry I developed along my travels have evolved into several multimedia platforms such as film, commercials, music videos, documentaries and print campaigns. After photographing the island life for three summers in Mykonos, Greece, I was drawn to another island in the Mediterranean: Ibiza, Spain. While in Ibiza, I was brought on board by Manumission, a surreal theatrical clubbing party, to document the inside of its production. Many of my photographs captured the “Fellini-esque” happenings of Manumission that have gone down in Ibiza lore.
Since 2007, I have successfully steered my company, Camera Verité LLC, to a distribution base of more than 30 countries.
In the early 1990s, as mentioned above, I became a commercial hot-air balloon pilot-instructor and started a rag-tag but successful Hot-Air Balloon sky-diving and bungee-jumping business. I am part of an unofficial World Record (See Ripley’s Believe it or Not) for having the oldest lady, Grace Tall, then 75 years old, to bungee jump from my balloon.
I earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Architecture from the University of Buffalo. Prior to this I was merited with the title of Eagle Scout, which taught me how to live a rich and fulfilling life. All told, I have traveled through, around, and up and down more than 70 countries.
My experiences drive and fuel my creative spirit. I think everything is possible through a positive outlook.