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About Anthony Alonso

Anthony M. Alonso The Master of Romantic Realism

Mr. Anthony M. Alonso (b. 1931) is a well known fine arts painter. A graduate of both The High School of Music & Art in New York City and Pratt Institute of Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Alonso gives credit for his art knowledge to the excellent education he received at both of these fine schools. He received tutelage from art professors who were at the tail end of the school of realism.

Introduced about 25 years ago to the racing world, he now works full time doing fine arts paintings of the famous thoroughbreds, their owners and the environment. This has brought him international acclaim and his paintings are in private and public collections in Australia, France, Germany, Mexico, Monaco, Venezuela, and throughout Canada and the United States. He also has been written up in many fine publications such as The Blood Horse, Spur Magazine, Equine Images, The Daily Racing Form, The Post, The New York News, The Thoroughbred Record, The Artist's Magazine (summer 1998), etc.

1999 - Mr. Alonso will have his 23rd Annual Equine Art Exhibit at The Gideon Putnam Hotel, Blue Room Gallery in Saratoga Springs, NY from July 28th thru September 4th, Daily 10 AM to 10 PM.

1996 - The National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, New York honored Mr. Alonso with "A Quarter Century Retrospective" of his work - from July 20 through September 30, 1996. It was a spectacular fine arts exhibit that included 36 paintings borrowed back from his collectors and which were a cross section of his works from the seventies, the eighties and the nineties.

Being able to easily capture the likeness of both the thoroughbred champions and the people involved in racing (which is a rare combination in this specialized field), has led to many important assignments.

1996 - Commissioned by The Ontario Jockey Club of Woodbine Race Track in Toronto, Canada to do a painting of the seven winners of the Breeders' Cup Races held on October 26th, 1996 in Canada. The Jockey Club made a poster of this painting and had Mr. Alonso attend opening day March 28th, 1997 in order to sign hundreds of these posters for their racing fans.

Mr. Alonso had also been commissioned by The Ontario Jockey Club to paint the winners of the Queen's Plate in 1995 (Regal Discovery), 1989 (With Approval), and The Rothman International Winner (Golden Act) 1980.

Commissioned by Arlington Race Track, in Arlington Heights, Illinois to paint the winners of the Arlington Million for their permanent art collection 1992 (Dear Doctor), 1983 (Tolomeo) and 1982 (Perrault).

1990 - The Kentucky Derby Museum honored Mr. Alonso with a retrospective show of his works during the months of April, May and June 1990. Most of the 32 originals on exhibit were borrowed back from private collections. The Director of the Museum advised Mr. Alonso that his equine art show was the first one ever acclaimed by the critics as "fine art" and as such was a breakthrough for the Museum.

Mr. Alonso was also part of an exhibit at The Kentucky Derby Museum had from March to July 1992. He was one of a small elite group of equine artists considered MODERN MASTERS.

1988 - Mr. Alonso published a book which contains 52 color illustrations of his work, one for every week of the year. It is a permanent record keeping type of book in which you enter birthdays, anniversaries and other important events in your life. The book is called "The Horse Lover's Birthday Book".

1986 - Commissioned to paint both the Official Breeders' Cup Commemorative Series (four paintings), plus the painting that was used for the Official 1986 Breeders' Cup Poster (the races were held at Santa Anita Race Track in California).

Commissioned by Laurel Race Track, to paint the winners of the Laurel International Race 1980 ("Argument") and 1979 (Bowl Game).

1978 - The Jockey Club commissioned him to revise and create new art work for their book "Method of Identifying the Thoroughbred".

Permanent Public Collections:

The Jockey Club, New York City, NY Arlington Race Track, IL Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, CA Belmont Race Track, Elmont, NY Churchill Downs Race Track, Louisville, KY Fasig-Tipton Co., Lexington, KY Woodbine Race Track, Toronto, Canada Laurel Race Track, MD National Museum of Racing, Saratoga Springs, NY


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