Tony Pinto | Modern History
Coastline Community College Art Gallery
1515 Monrovia Ave,
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Dates: October 12 to November 15, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, October 12, 6–8 pm
Tony Pinto will be speaking at the gallery as part of Coastline’s Lunchtime Lecture Series, Wednesday, October 17, 12:00 noon. Free.
Coastline Community College Art Gallery presents an insightful and intimate exhibition of Southern California artist Tony Pinto’s artwork from three decades in his inaugural solo exhibition at the gallery, entitled “Modern History.”
This exhibition explores a number of Pinto’s series throughout his artistic career, from graduate school through today, and highlights how classical antiquities have influenced and motivated the connecting concepts and stylistic tendencies that have created Pinto’s specific artistic style.
Through a series of artistic investigations, Pinto examines the humanity in art history and the importance of artistic techniques and traditions present throughout the entire canon of art history, from ancient Greece and Rome all the way through contemporary practices. With innovative use of appropriation, painting, drawing, photography, collage, technological play and conceptual exploration, Pinto’s work is a curious and cathartic adventure through personal and cultural experiences in art and art history.
Through this work, Pinto forces the viewer to look within and examine personal perspectives of the power of images, our own human history, and concepts such as identity, community and legacy.
Tony Pinto is an established artist, designer and educator currently living in Anaheim Hills, California. He received a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and an MFA from California State University, Los Angeles. He currently teaches courses in design, painting, and art appreciation at Coastline Community College in Newport Beach, California State University, Fullerton, and Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA. Pinto also exhibits his artwork on a regular basis. Recent group exhibitions include Text Me at the Museum of Design, Atlanta, GA (2017); Like Mark, Coastline Community College, Newport Beach, CA (2016) and MAS Attack 13, Torrance Art Museum, CA (2015).