Tony Pro was born in Northridge,
California 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 business.
Pro received his Bachelor of
Arts degree in Graphic Design from California State University,
Northridge and at the same time attended classes at California
Art Institute where he studied with famed illustrator, Glenn
Orbik. There he learned the value of academic figure and head
drawing and how to apply strict study principles to his lifestyle.
While attending classes at the institute he was side by side
with many of the greats that stemmed from the school, like Ryan
Wurmser and Jeremy Lipking. Pro, also, has painted in the tutelage
of legends like that of Richard Schmid and Morgan Weistling.
Pro's influences are the likes
of John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Joaquin Sorolla and Philip
Alexius de Laszlo. Other influences stem from the California
Impressionist painters such as Edgar Payne, Granville Redmond,
Armin Hansen, and William Wendt. The great French representational
artists like Emille Friant and Jules-Bastien Lepage also play
a large role in Pro's style of painting.
Pro looks forward to a life-long
journey in painting for painting's sake and to follow in the
footsteps of his painting heroes.
His work is in the permanent
collection of the San Antonio Mission Historical Park Museum.