Anthony Bonagura, Gardiner, New York Member Since April 2009 Artist Statement Anthony Bonagura was born in Naples, Italy in 1897 and migrated to America with his family when he was 8 years old. After completing high school, he moved to Chicago and worked in an artists' studio as a paste-up boy, while attending the Chicago Art Institute at night. Eight years later, he had done well enough to land a job as an Art Director for Lord & Thomas Agency, one of Chicago's leading advertising firms. He later became Art Director for J.M. Bundscho Agency of Chicago.
Eventually he moved to back to New York City, where he achieved his fame as a free lance designer and calligrapher, serving as a consultant to many advertising agencies and periodicals.
Anthony (Toni) Bonagura created some of the most amazing and inspiring still life paintings, which have been compared with the level of the work of the great Dutch school of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Anthony received his academic art training at The Art Students League of New York from 1917-1918. There he studied Life Drawing under George Bridgman.
His paintings were accepted by the National Academy of Design for their 131st Annual Exhibition. Many of his paintings have been exhibited in national exhibitions including the Chicago Galleries Association, The Grand Central Galleries of New York, The Academic Artist Association of Springfield, Mass. , the Painters and Sculpture Society of New Jersey, and The National Academy of Design. His paintings have won various awards from honorable mention to first prize.