Tony Pavone /United States
Born in Ohio from parents of European descent, Tony Pavone's childhood was filled with art, operas, musicals and passion for culture. His artistic abilities became evident when, at the age of 3, he opened his father's anatomy and art books and drew the internal anatomy of the human body. His father, an artist, as well as an opera singer, would take Tony, along with his three siblings, to all the local operas - exposing them to the stage designs and the performance excitement. His mother, a concert pianist and organist, performed regularly at the cathedral in Cincinnati. The artistic abilities of his parents would be a great influence on his own future endeavors. Art played a primary roll in Tony's life. In his youth his favorite amusement was studying and imitating the styles of artists such as William Blake, Frank Frazetta, Heinrich Kley, and Michelangelo Buonarroti, At the age of 8, he began working with his family creating stained glass windows for local churches and restaurants throughout the mid-west, using new Plexiglas materials - a patented process Tony's father invented. At the age of 10, his family moved to Florida, and after high school, Tony received a full scholarship to the University of South Florida for symphonic string bass. "The more I played music, the more art pulled at me." Before long, Tony left USF and enrolled in the Ringling School of Art and Design. Earlier in his professional career Tony worked as a graphic illustrator and rose quickly to creative director, then to Art director, These positions had him working with clients such as JPMorgan/Chase, Lufthansa, Hallmark, Delta Airlines. After working for more than 15 years in graphic illustration, fine art called him back and Tony returned to his passion.