Born in Toronto, Tony Luciani, an internationally recognized, full-time painter and photographer, living in Durham ON. He studied at Sheridan Community College, Oakville ON, the Ontario College of Art, Toronto ON (now OCADU), and did post graduate studies in Florence, Italy as part of OCA’s Off-Campus Program.
A recipient of numerous Ontario Arts Council and Elizabeth Greenshields grants, Luciani has exhibited in 21 solo shows and over 100 group shows over his career, both nationally and internationally. He is a founder and former Board of Director member of The Harriston-Minto Heritage Gallery, as well as a founder and former member of the Minto Arts Council.
In 2018/2019 Luciani received international recognition and acclaim for a series of photographs of his mother’s struggle with dementia. MAMMA, In the Meantime, is a frank, poignant and humorous exploration of their mother/son relationship. A number of the photographs in the series were taken by his mother – as a joint contribution to their journey.
In 2019, his oil on canvas The Dressmaker was awarded first prize at the exhibition 'Figurativas 2019', at the Museo Europeo de'Arte Moderno (MEAM), in Barcelona, Spain.
“My artwork has been called realistic and representational, yet I feel that it extends beyond the boundaries of these two labels. Interpretive realism and traditionally inspired may be a closer description. Rather than achieving a full, realistic likeness, I try to capture the feeling I get from a mental visualization of my subject. I imagine it rather than copy it. Subject matter is less important than mood and feeling, of which both come from within me.”
Tony Luciani’s work can be found in numerous institutional, corporate and private collections in Canada, the US and Europe, including Fundacio Privada de les Arts I els Artistes, Museu Europeu d'Art Moderno (MEAM), Barcelona, Spain, Art Gallery of Mississauga, the City of Toronto Collection, Canada House, London, England, the Imperial Oil Ltd. Collection, and the Colart Collection of Canadian Contemporary Art, Mont-Royal QC.
Nostro Palazzo, 1985
pencil drawing on paper
signed and dated
image 9.75”h x 7”w
framed 16.5”h x 13.5”w