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
Pro received his Bachelor of
Arts degree in Graphic Design from California State University,
Northridge and at the same time attended 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 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. Also that year, Pro's painting
"Mothers Love" was featured on the cover of Southwest
Art Magazine, as well as a feature article.
Pro is a guest member of Richard
Schmid's Putney Painters and is currently privately teaching
master classes in painting. In 2007, Pro started his production
company with the production of Jeremy Lipking's first demonstration
DVD, The Portrait Sketch.
Currently, he lives in Westlake
Village with his wife, Elizabeth and 2 children, Ian and William.