Nicolette Ramirez

The work of Tony Zanardi appears to the viewer like a vision, something out of a dream. In fact, like any artist working at the height of his craft, Tony is able to transfer his personal dream from his mind's eye into the work at hand, and then onto the viewer. This is the gift of his art; his gift to the world. In sharp acidic tones, he at once attracts the gaze of the viewer and repels it. This push and pull on the senses is what adds depth to the viewer's experiences of the work, makes it challenging, even though the scenes portrayed may be familiar ones. For instance, Lagoon, 2007, is a randering of the ancient fable city of Venice. The beautifully melancholic and seemingly tragically doomed city is also the subject of Hight Water, 2007, in which the phenomenon of rising sea levels is painfully obvious.

The artist's attachment to Venice can be seen throughout his most recent body of work. But this is anothertheme that runs through his most recent work, a theme that stretches far over the Atlantic and into America. To a young boy growing up in Italy, the USA represented all that he could wish for - freedom, siccess, glamour, youth. Thesequalities he sawembodied in the stars of that time, such as Marlon Brando, James Dean, John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

These stars come alive again under the instinctually emotional brushstrokes of Tony Zanardi.

The title of this show "Visitations", suggests a spiritual experiences that goes beyond the realm of the physical world. Whether in the creation of everyday life as a dream, or the recreation of icons traveling from the past into present life, Tony Zanardi gives the viewer an opportunity to experience reality and dream fused together into something greater than ordinary life. He takes us beyond the mundane into the realm of the infinite.   

Nicolette Ramirez