"Through detailed drawings and paintings I explore, evaluate, and merge the viewer with intense human emotions whether the subject are human or animal. Life is about what we see, feel and love."
American artist, Anthony Santomauro was born in New York City and has resided in Fairfield, CT since 1976. He has been a practicing artist for over 45 years, working in pastels, charcoal, and acrylics. His professional art career began in 1975 when he received First Prize in the Juried Annual Exhibit of The Sumter South Carolina Artist Guild with “Massimo” followed be a one-man exhibition of his works. Thereafter he was awarded prizes in the Annual Exhibit of the South Carolina State Fair, Sumter Iris Festival, 9th Young Artist Association of Fairfield Exhibit, and several Connecticut Classic Artists Annual Exhibits.
Studying drawing at Silvermine Guild of Artists in New Canaan, CT, he was awarded the Faculty First Prize in drawing at the Annual Juried Student Exhibition of the Silvermine School of Arts in 1998, 2000 and 2001. Santomauro is currently a member of the Easton Arts Council, Easton and Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT.
In 2009 Santomauro was honored by being elected to Artist Membership in the Salmagundi Club, New York City where to date he has exhibited annually in juried shows. He was awarded the Mortimer H. Freehof Award for his pastel “Japanese Girl” in the Salmagundi 126th Annual Members’ Exhibition in 2009, an Honorable Mention for his pastel “Moon Fall” in the 2010 Historic Salmagundi Black and White Exhibition and The Hugh P. Botts Award for his pastel drawing "Massimo" in the 2014 Historic Salmagundi Black and White Exhibition.
Sumter Art Gallery 1975, Artist of the Month at St. Joseph’s Manor June, 2004 and Directors Choice Exhibit at Walsh Gallery, Quick Center, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT in June and July 2011, and the Salmagundi Patron’s Gallery exhibit October 2014, Solo Art Place, Solo Salmagundi Club Main Gallery.
Santomauro's works are in many private collections in the United States, Canada and the US Virgin Islands. Additionally, his religious works are in the collections of St. Joseph Manor, Trumbull, CT & Maryknoll.
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