Tony Saladino is highly respected for his expressive abstracts, landscapes, still life constructions, and printmaking. His work has been included in notable public and private collections including the collections of Tyson Foods, Bicardi Limited, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation of Austin, Texas, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Dallas, the Museum of Art and Archaeology of the University of Missouri, and the Museum of International Art in Brazil. Saladino has also been featured in The New York Times, Southwest Art Magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist Magazine, the Best of Sketching and Drawing by Rockport Publishers, Enrich Your Paintings with Texture by David Band of North Light Books, along with many other publications.
Saladino earned a Bachelors of Science from Louisiana State University in New Orleans. The artist currently resides in Hurst, Texas.
I think successful art is made by working in a way that is natural for the artist – one that reflects his or her preoccupations, and interests. Working within our time we are challenged to think about all that is around us. We react to outside stimuli, or to our own thoughts by creating images that we hope will affect others. I enjoy the risk taking aspect of shifting from theme to theme, and the energy I get from going from medium to medium. I am beginning to accept that what I do today, in the present, is all I can do. That is, there comes a time that one must accept his or hers own idiosyncrasies, and blemishes as valid. If we wait until we are perfect no art will get done. This provides latitude for experimentation, because when the possibility for failure is allowed, and accepted, then experimentation, and confidence, follow. Art is about more than beauty. An artist communicates an idea, or feeling, or tries to make connections. I want each piece to possess a spatial energy that compels a viewer to look. I want the images to be universal enough to be compelling. The viewer is either repulsed, pleased, made interested, or stimulated in such a way that they are made to consider other ideas that are not so easily conveyed by printed media. When I get off track, I am reminded by Tolstoi’s words about the objective of art: ‘Art is human activity consisting of this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that other people are infected by these feelings, and also experience them.’” – Tony Saladino