Luxury Designer Bullshit by ZITO
11/09/2017 - 11/30/2017
Portrait painter Antony Zito is a long-time resident of the Lower East Side who spent most of his youth at Mars Bar and CBGB.
His portrait paintings are shown and collected throughout the US, Europe and Japan, as well as featured in two Jim Jarmusch films; "Coffee and Cigarettes" and "Broken Flowers”.
Zito Studio Gallery on Ludlow Street was his mainstay in the LES for exhibitions, live painting and absurdity until it closed in 2006. A few years later he would tell his story of the Mars Bar for The Moth at the Metropolitan Museum. Michael Musto called him a “genius”, The NY Post has called his paintings "sensual”, and his works on materials he collects from the streets of the East Village have The Village Voice referring to him as "a master of the found object".
After a whirlwind live-painting tour of Spain with Art Battle, Zito left NYC to move into the stone farmhouse his father built in Connecticut. But after 20 years he found half his heart was left in New York, a place he still haunts on the reg. Zito is a founding member of 4heads, the NYC non-profit arts group that runs Portal Art Fair, and Governors Island Art Fair - the large-scale, annual exhibition of independent art on everyone’s favorite island in New York Harbor.
Zito loves painting portraits and, given the option, he’ll pretty much do that rather than anything else.