Tony Fandino was born in New York City. The Museum of Modem Art had just inaugurated a young people's art course. He applied for and received the one free scholarship. With his portfolio and passing the entrance exams, he was accepted to the highly respected School of Music and Art.
He next attended the newly established School of Visual Arts. Instruction was given by famous practising artists and illustrators. Against competition, he received a part scholarship.
In 1960 he was drafted into the US Army and spent his two years in the Dept of Comptroller of the army, Pentagon, Washington, where he supervised an office that supplied the needs of the army in graphic arts and illustration publicity. He remained in Washington as a freelance artist.
Then deciding to leave America, he arrived in London where fortuitously Hornsey College had just initiated a Post Graduate course for emerging professionals. The multi-task courses included photography and fine art. He worked for a publications firm before becoming manager of design/art, photography and cartography for the British Tourist Authority.
Tony Fandino has always sketched and painted throughout his life. He completed an accredited two-year Intaglio course in Washington. Throughout extensive travel abroad he has sketched, used pastels and watercolours as well as oils. He enjoys capturing a moment in time in true definition. He was once informed by a viewer of his work "what I like in a painting is - as I walk up close to it the detail remains the same". He achieves a finished quality, while retaining a fresh artistic impression.
Achievement and art exhibited
Annual Art Director's Exhibition, NY
Certificate of Achievement for outstanding work, Pentagon, Washington DC
Annual Art Director's Exhibition, Washington DC
Frederick Gallery, Georgetown, Washington DC
Royal Watercolour Society, Bankside, London
Pastel Society, Mall Gallery, London
Society of Landscape Painters, Mall Gallery, London
Royal Society of Marine Painters, Mall Gallery, London
The Arts Club, Mayfair, London
Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea, London
Artifact Gallery, New York
Spectrum Art Fair, Miami, Florida
Architectural Digest, Home Design Show, New York
All Shook Up Salon, London
Parallax Art Fair, Kensington, London
508 Kings Road Gallery, London
Solo Exhibition, A&D Gallery, Chiltern Street, London
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art, London.