Tony Gangitano Biography
Born -- Brooklyn NY / Lives -- San Diego CA
Tony received a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia and returned to work in New York City. He moved to San Diego CA to study art. Independent study/travel in many countries led Tony to Italy, where he lived and worked as a sculptor for two years. He interned in ceramic and bronze with sculptor Alberto Ricci in Rome, then did internships and independent study of stone carving at Studio Sem and bronze casting at Tommasi Foundry, both in Pietra Santa, Italy.
Upon returning to California, he pursued a Masters of Fine Art at San Diego State University. There the love of carving stone and casting bronze took a back seat to less traditional materials, which he incorporated into more conceptual sculptures and site-specific installations. Tony’s work was exhibited in group shows, two-person shows, and featured artist shows until the year 2000, when he took a hiatus from sculpture and focused on environmental landscape architecture design projects. In 2015, he re-emerged as a well-seasoned, creative, high energy, conceptually oriented mixed media sculptor. His current work is fresh and exciting, incorporating thoughtful concepts and new materials.
ARTIST STATEMENT: Fine Art is my first language.
I am fortunate to have been raised by artists and creative craftsmen, and a mother who excused my inherent eccentric behavior by saying in a Brooklyn accent, "Its ok... He's an Artist." My work is about the integration of aesthetic form and emotional and intellectual content. The evolution of my art has progressed on confluent paths. Traditional figurative style merged with the abstract, which then incorporated conceptual mixed-media elements. My current emphasis is abstract figurative in stone and bronze, incorporating objects and materials that represent aspects of the human condition. I use archetypal images that communicate the essential commonalities of the human experience. These images, combined with the juxtaposition and dialogue between figures, shapes, and materials, provoke visual, visceral, and intellectual interaction with the viewer.
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