Tony Pro was born in Northridge, CA in 1973. He grew up in Southern California around artists such as his father, Julio (1929-2013), who was an up and coming artist in the southwest art community. Being the youngest of 4 children, Pro was taken all around the country to some of the countries biggest art shows where he met legends like Jim Bama and Frank McCarthy. As a child, he also visited many studios of famous deceased artists such as E. Irving Couse and Nicolai Fechin.
Pro received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from California State University, Northridge and at the same time attended California Art Institute where he studied with famed illustrator, Glen Orbik. There he learned the value of academic figure and head drawing and how to apply strict study principles to his craft and, largely, trained himself to paint.
Pro's influences are the likes of John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Joaquin Sorolla and Philip Alexius de Laszlo. The California Impressionists such as Edgar Payne and Guy Rose played a large role in Pro's understanding of outdoor light.
In 2005, at the age of 32, Pro was awarded the highly coveted Best of Show award at the 14th Annual Oil Painters of America Show, given by juror, Daniel F. Gerhartz. Also that year Pro was one of the TOP 10 finalists of the Portrait Society of America Show in Washington D.C. Pro's painting "Mothers Love" was featured on the September 2005 cover of Southwest Art Magazine
, as well as a feature article.
Since 2005, Pro has enjoyed a successful career as both a gallery artist and portrait artist with paintings hanging in private and public collections around the world including the State Capitol Building in Sacramento, California, and the San Antonio Mission Historical Museum.
More recently, his painting "Thoughts of Whistler" travelled through out China with the American Chinese Oil Painters Artists League collection starting at the World Art Museum in Beijing.
He is currently an adjunct Professor of Art at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California where he maintains his working studio and had a mid-career retrospective of his works in November of 2013.
Pro is a Signature Member of the prestigious California Art Club.