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Tony Pro is a Californian (Northridge) romantic figure painter dividing his time between portraits, still-lives, landscapes and teaching at the Coppini Academy of Art in San Antonio, Texas, where he is an Executive Director.
His recent series, Sarcasm, deftly taps into the grotesquery that is American celebrity culture and the US presidential elections, blending cynicism with touches of surprising grace. He spoke recently on of his latest piece depicting Trump and Clinton as smoking Renaissance jesters, and what lies behind some of his work.
“My Sarcasm series is my reaction to popular culture and politics. In this culture of Facebook and where everyone has their own little soapbox to complain or grandstand using words, I choose to do it through my art. Whether its commentary about politics with Trump and Clinton or my sadness about Robin Williams death or my annoyance with the Kardashian culture… The performers are the ones we see on our screens everyday. A politician is a performer as well as the actor. The cigarette is a symbol that means they go through their lives not really caring about who is around them or how they affect people. The choices we were given as who would run our country were slim at best. This was my reaction to it. The world is a stage and these performers, sometimes fools, are the characters.”