Tony Passsero is a contemporary mixed media artist and muralist, who not only paints on traditional canvas but also uses a wide variety of found random objects (such as abandoned furniture, discarded doors, scrapped street signs, etc.) and unique surfaces (metal, wood, fabric, etc.) as the base for his works.
His work is often executed in series or set formats as he explores themes through repetition. The majority of his artwork is centered on a unique mash up of a Latin, Creole and Tribal tones blended with a bit of a linear organic cubist and expressionist styles.
His paintings are typically covered with patterns, text and codes of all kinds including words, letters, numerals, ephemera, pictograms and symbols. His output has a textured quality as a result of building up of layers from the various mediums he uses (ink, oil, acrylic, custom dyes, etc.) and the various devices he uses to apply the mediums.
With each new theme undertaking, Passero makes a point of exploring different and new painting techniques to aesthetically complete and compliment the theme of each project he engages.
From a mural perspective, Passero has conceived and painted his own murals at locations in Chicago such as the Whoot Mural on Belmont Avenue, the Manifest Mural at the Pulaski Blue Line exit, the CrossCuts Mural at the Addison Kennedy Expressway Exit, the Positive Babel Mural at the Irving Park Metra Station, the Jumbo Jet Mural along the Kennedy Expressway, the Spin Cycles at 6 Corners Shopping District, the Colorribean Mural on Chase Avenue and the Hep Cat Mural on Cicero Avenue. He has also participated as one of the lead artists on the Addison and Avondale Mural and Police Memorial Mural on Montrose.
Tony Passero (born May 19, 1967) is an American contemporary artist, author and filmmaker based out of Chicago, IL and Orlando FL.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Tony Passero grew up on the city’s North side with his Irish mother, Sharon, Italian father, Vito, and his younger sister, Laurie.
He attended the Chicago public grade school, Scammon, and the Catholic high school, Gordon Technical, with no exposure to art or creative classes. He is an entirely self-taught artist, having never attended an art school or received any formal training.
An avid reader and viewer of cinema he was heavily influenced by authors and filmmakers and begin to keep detailed journals and sketchbooks around the age of 12.
Currently he resides in his home on Chicago’s Northwest Side in Independence Park with his wife Shannon, and their two children, Sophia and Nico.
Career wise Tony Passero started and founded the Chicago based Advertising Agency TribeAgency in 1998 and has been lead creative director and CEO of this company over the last 20 years employing many of Chicago’s leading designers, technologists and strategists.
Passero is also a celebrated graphic designer in his professional career as Creative Director of TribeAgency. He has created work for Baxter, BP, Chicago Fire, Dreamworks, Sony Music, Manchester United, Major League Soccer, Chicago Gateway Green, Sears, Taco Bell along with many other local, national and international companies and brands.
Passero has contributed to numerous worldwide charities and countless local benevolences such as the AIDSWalk, Chicago Gateway Green, Chicago Fire Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and United Way.
Passero also takes his charitable commitment to the next level by sitting as a chair on the boards of a number of charities and community organizations such as the Arts Alive Chicago, Alderman’s Arts Advisory Committee, Independence Park Advisory Council, Foundation For A Better Life and the Northwest Arts Connection.