ANTONY ZITO
NY, New York - United States



Original Artworks (8)

Antony Zito; Giovanna, 1996, Original Painting Oil, 14 x 18 inches. Artwork description: 241  Giovanna Melcchiori, a truly beautiful Italian New Yorker originally from Philadelphia sat live for this - one of my finest personal accomplishments ...
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Original Oil Painting, 1996
14 x 18 inches (35.6 x 45.7 cm)
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Antony Zito; Allen Ginsberg On The Low..., 2010, Original Painting Acrylic, 32 x 44 inches. Artwork description: 241   East Village icon - the Beat Poet, Allen Ginsberg looks out over his changing neighborhood as luxury condos loom ominously above his beloved gritty and real tenement buildings. ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2010
32 x 44 inches (81.3 x 111.8 cm)
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Antony Zito; M Henry Jones, 2008, Original Painting Acrylic, 20 x 26 inches. Artwork description: 241  East Village artist and home- steader, owner of Snake Monkey on Avenue A, NYC, New York - M. Henry Jones ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2008
20 x 26 inches (50.8 x 66.0 cm)
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Antony Zito; James Marshall Hendrix, 2009, Original Painting Other, 60 x 48 inches. Artwork description: 241  The late great Jimi Hendrix gazing out of a purple haze. ...
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Original Other Painting, 2009
60 x 48 inches (152.4 x 121.9 cm)
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Antony Zito; Il Putto Ross, 2006, Original Painting Other, 22 x 24 inches. Artwork description: 241  This exploration into the beauty of enamel was based on a few earlier pieces I had done. The image came from a piece called
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Original Other Painting, 2006
22 x 24 inches (55.9 x 61.0 cm)
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Antony Zito; Alejandra, 2006, Original Painting Oil, 41 x 122 cm. Artwork description: 241  Alejandra was a student of mine while I was offering private lessons at my gallery one summer. She was not only strikingly beautiful but had great taste in music and was fun to be around. I painted this portrait ( on one of the most exquisite bits of ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2006
41 x 122 cm (16.1 x 48.0 inches)
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Antony Zito; Oriane Inzemoon, 2006, Original Painting Acrylic, 36 x 26 inches. Artwork description: 241  Oriane is a photographer and video artist from France who contacted me online about showing in my gallery on the Lower East Side. I loved her photographs and so she shipped me some work and flew over for the opening. During the time of her stay in ...
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Original Acrylic Painting, 2006
36 x 26 inches (91.4 x 66.0 cm)
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Antony Zito; Mercedes, 2006, Original Painting Other, 46 x 92 inches. Artwork description: 241  I made this portrait of my friend Mercedes from Barcelona on a painting that a former roommate left in my apartment. She said I could paint over it but was a bit surprised to see I left part of her original composition as the background. ...
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Original Other Painting, 2006
46 x 92 inches (116.8 x 233.7 cm)
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Artist Statement

There is a process of collecting artifacts, an archaeological connection to the recent past, which occurs in the searching eye. Decorative and functional objects declared useless or undesirable are resurrected from their possible doom to become a crucial element in a work of art. With forethought to the making of a painting, these artifacts are selected for their material function as a picture plane and their ability to suggest narrative. This is the intersection of object and illusion.

As one who describes the world around him, an artist, as well as anyone else, is intrigued by the complexity of his own physiognomy. The portrait is a study of the face; an illusion depicting our most primitive and most effective instrument of communication. The face houses the sensory organs which, when viewed externally, express ideas so complex and intuitive that words fall short of describing them. The manner in which a person uses his or her facial features on a daily basis becomes a representation of that individual's mind or persona, as perceived by the senses of another. A portrait records the process of collecting the visual information evident in one's face through formal academic methods and unconscious decision-making.

Carrying with it the energy of its history, the artifact supports the painted illusion of a face, deepening the narrative. The likeness of the subject portrayed is accentuated by the sitter's own artistic involvement in the piece; through choosing the artifact, their bodily position, and often even colors used in the painting. These decisions intensify the subconscious portrayal of the subject with a direct connection to their way of thinking. The objective view of the painter combined with the input of the subject being painted is what determines the directness of this likeness.

The final result communicates the emotional capacity of the human face with the use of paint, along with ideas about collecting artifacts and information. Narratives are suggested by the artifacts in regard to their origin, history, and point of contact with the artist. The portraits are testimonies to certain individuals and their origin, history, and point of contact with the artist. At the intersection of object and illusion, where the 2nd dimension meets the 3rd, a painting rests on its support while a physical fragment of history houses the illusion of a face.




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