PLOT: Clayton Patterson host guest Antony Zito Portrait Painter and long-time resident of New York’s Lower East Side. The New York Post has called his portrait paintings "sensual" and his renderings of people on recycled materials other than canvas have prompted. The Village Voice to refer to him as "a master of the found object". His strikingly emotive work has been shown throughout the US, Europe and Japan. Every year, Zito’s group, The 4heads Collective, gives 120 artists each a room to exhibit in abandoned military residences at The Governor’s Island Art Fair. Zito’s diverse portraits, murals and other artwork can be seen throughout New York as well as in Jim Jarmusch’s films, Coffee and Cigarettes and Broken Flowers. ►more
ABOUT ARTIST ANTONY ZITO: Known for painting portraits on the streets of the Lower East Side, NYC. - Hailing from the woods of Northern Connecticut, Zito has spent over 20 years on New York’s Lower East Side. Zito ran a gallery and portrait studio on Ludlow Street through 2006. To New Yorkers, his portraits of the local characters illustrate a sweeping line through the legendary period after the dust settled from the 80s East Village art scene. The New York Post has called his portrait paintings “sensual” and his renderings of people on recycled materials other than canvas have prompted The Village Voice to refer to him as “a master of the found object”. His work has been exhibited and collected throughout the US, UK, Italy, France, Spain, Belgium and Japan. Zito’s portraits and other artwork appear in Jim Jarmusch’s films, “Coffee and Cigarettes” and “Broken Flowers”. Zito is currently working on a documentary film illuminating his corner of the East Village & LES in the 1990s early aughts.
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