Al studied at the Whitney School of Art in New York, The Honolulu Academy of Art in Hawaii, and the University of Hawaii. His studies have also included Chado, the Japanese Tea Ceremony, in the Urasenke tradition in which he has attained a jun kyo jo degree, the equivalent of an assistant professorship. His works have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and are in collections worldwide. He lives and works in Santa Rosa, California with wife and fellow painter Chiyomi Taneike Longo. Al and Chiyomi were artists in residence at La Porte Peinte in 2014.
Most of my works are my personal abstracted response to my natural surroundings, an expression of my interest in the microcosmic forms of nature. While my background is Italian, for many years I have been a student of Japanese arts and culture, and in my work I have co-mingled these divergent cultures. My interest in architecture also plays a part in my practice. Most of my canvases are shaped; convex, multi-level or a combination of both. They are a reflection of both my visual and spiritual vision of the world.