Tony Pro was born in Northridge, CA in 1973. He grew up in Southern California around artists such as his father, Julio (1929- ), who was an up and coming artist in the southwest art community. Being the youngest of 4 children, Pro was taken all around the country to some of the countries biggest art shows where he met legends like Jim Bama and Frank McCarthy. As a child, he also visited many studios of famous deceased artists such as E. Irving Couse and Nicolai Fechin.
Pro received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from California State University, Northridge and at the same time he studied with famed illustrator, Glen Orbik. There he learned the value of academic figure and head drawing and how to apply strict study principles to his craft and, largely, trained himself to paint.
Pro’s influences are the likes of John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Joaquin Sorolla and Philip Alexius de Laszlo. The French Naturalist artists like Emille Friant, Dagnan Bouveret and Jules-Bastien Lepage also play a large influence in Pro’s style of painting.
In 2005, Pro was awarded the highly coveted Best of Show award at the 14th Annual Oil Painters of America Show, given by juror, Daniel Gerhartz. That year Pro, also, was one of the TOP 10 finalists of the Portrait Society of America Show in Washington D.C.
He is a Signature Member of the California Art Club as well as an honorary member of ACOPAL.
Currently, he works out of his studio at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California where he is an adjunct professor of art.
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