Anthony Santomauro was born in New York City and has resided in Fairfield, CT since 1976. He has been a practicing artist for over 40 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. He is currently a member of the Easton Arts Council, Easton, Fairfield County Arts Association, and Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT. In 2017 he was elected to membership in the Westport Artist Collective.
In 2009 he 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 has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Salmagundi Club NY, Corresponding Secretary of its Executive Council and a member of the Salmagundi Admissions Committee .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.
Major exhibitions of his art include Sumter Art Gallery 1975, Artist of the Month at St. Joseph’s Manor June, 2004 and Directors Choice Exhibit at The Walsh Gallery, Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT in June and July 2011, and the Salmagundi Patron’s Gallery exhibit October, 2014, and his Master Works in the Salmagundi Main Upper Gallery Sept, 2017 .
His 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 and Maryknoll Missionaries, Maryknoll, New York.
Anthony Santomauro is a realistic artist whose detailed pastels, highly technical drawings and strong yet sensitive paintings merge feelings with visual reality. He uses portraits of humans and animals to explore the variety and intensity of the human emotional experience. The observers are initially engaged by the exquisitely beautiful realistic details of each piece, but eventually are involved in an intense relationship which draws them into the domain and creativity of the artist’s mind. Whether it is beauty, rage, melancholy, malevolence or goodness, they are emerged into the world, power and emotion of each of his creation
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