Tony Paraná

 

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Tony Paraná

Tony Paraná is a self-taught artist, from the state of Bahia, Brazil. Located in the northeastern
region of the country, Bahia is a state known for its rich colors, flavorful foods, beautiful
landscapes, eclectic music and unique Afro-Brazilian traditions. Many of these components are
portrayed in Paraná's work as he captures subject matter ranging from community life to local
architecture, all having warmth and vibrant movement.
Paraná works primarily in oil painting, mixed media, sculptures and mosaics. His work has been
exhibited in São Paulo - Brazil, Los Angeles - CA, Albuquerque - NM, New York City - NY, Paris
- France, San Antonio - TX, Austin - TX and in his current home, Houston - TX. His private
collection has traveled across the country and internationally to places mentioned above as well
as to Helsinki - Finland and Miami - FL
Tony Paraná’s first contact with art was in his early teenage years drawing with his mother on
the kitchen table in Bahia, Brazil. Years later, Tony Paraná moved to São Paulo, Brazil and met
an established artist, Rodolfo Rondon who mentored him in the beginning of his artistic career.
In 2003, Paraná moved to New Mexico where he took the opportunity to start painting on a
regular basis as he continued to learn and work on his technique. A few years later, in 2006, he
started a local art meeting in Bernalillo-NM to bring exhibitions and art classes to the community.
In 2007 Paraná moved to Houston and started connecting with the art community here.
For about 10 years, Paraná taught weekly art classes to seniors at the Wesley Community
Center in the Historic Near Northside. In 2010 he created a local art movement called the
Montrose Art Society which became Forum 6 gallery in 2018.
In 2017 Paraná was invited to be the featured artist at the Bayou City Arts Festival Downtown,
Houston, TX. The following year, Paraná created and launched the Mobile Art Space for the
Artists (MASA) with the intent of traveling the city and offering free art, music, poetry and
different cultural arts classes in low income communities where he continues to work
collaboratively with local organizations.