Tony Chimento's painting is a surprising interplay of highly refined realism and imaginative, dreamlike fantasy. The dialogue between the super real and the fantastical in Chimento's art is uniquely intriguing, thought provoking and captivating.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Tony Chimento attended Rutgers University. After graduation he moved to Woodstock, NY and began his career as an artist.After a time lving in the Northeast and a period of time connected to Provincetown, Chimento moved to Miami where he has lived and painted for the past two decades. He is currently a resident artist at Art Center/South Florida and serves on the board of directors.
Tony Chimento has been featured in numerous one person shows and been chosen for many regional and national juried exhibitions and competitions. He has twice been the winner of the New American Paintings competition for the Southern Region, and has been the subject of several articles in art publications including American Artist Magazine and The New York Times. Other awards include The New York Graphic Society Award at The National Academy of Design Show in Manhattan and the Grand Prize for Painting in the prestigious Silvermine Guild Center for the Arts Competition. He has been chosen for awards by jurors like Ted Stebbins, Curator of Paintings, Boston Museum, Vivian Raynor, Art Critic of The New York Times and John I. H. Baur, Director Emeritus, Whitney Museum of Art, NYC.
Art critic Hilton Kramer, in reviewing a show for The New York Times which included Chimento's work noted: "...still there are paintings of some interest here by artists who were new to this writer...Tony Chimento's "Sunday Afternoon" is a solid realist work". In one of the first reviews of his art, Sylvia Day writes in Lifestyle Magazine: "My first introduction to Chimento's work was at a show at the Woodstock Artist's Association. There...was a large painting which made an immediate impression of elegance and uncommon technique...Chimento paints large canvases, their dramatic subject matter and impeccable draughtsmanship a feast for the eye...He owns an original and unmistakably unique style."
Tony Chimento's brilliantly colored and evocative paintings are widely collected both nationally and internationally.
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