Peter Baselici Artist Biography

RS Hanna Gallery - Peter Baselici Artist Biography
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Peter Baselici

As a gangly, socially awkward youth growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, Tony Baselici quickly developed an aversion to the ordinary and an affinity for daydreaming. Those traits made him perfectly suited for the visual and performing arts. His mother, who was a wildlife artist, taught him the fundamentals of drawing and painting and encouraged his interest in dance and theater. His keen observation skills and aptitude for realism became apparent early in life. He took his first portrait commissions while still in high school.

He went on to study scientific illustration at the University of Georgia, where he earned his BFA. Tony flourished at the top of his class while attending college. Among many accomplishments, he received a scholarship from the Lamar Dodd School of Art. As he neared the end of the program, his counselor/teacher began grooming him for graduate studies in medical illustration, but Tony was growing tired of school. His work started to feel more like a skilled trade than art. After graduating in 2000, he opted to pursue a more creative career in graphic design, the skills for which he learned to help pay his way through college.

Meanwhile, Tony’s daydreaming needed an outlet, so he started painting. For inspiration, he turned to pop culture: fashion photography, music videos and movies. The bold, vivid work of David LaChapelle inspired him to focus on the human figure and classical narratives portrayed in a modern vernacular filled with color, emotion and beauty. Tony had found his passion, so he devised a plan to leave a career in corporate marketing and focus on his art full-time.

Since he entered the fine art arena, he has been accepted in a number of juried and group exhibitions and has won numerous awards including the “Pioneer in Realism” award from the International Guild of Realism. He was also honored when International Artist Magazine published an article about his painting “White Widow”. His works hang in private and public collections in the US and Australia. Tony works from his home studio in metro Atlanta where continues his pursuit for a life less ordinary to this very day.