Anthony Foronda is an internationally recognized illustrator and designer. A native of Washington, DC, he grew up running through the halls of the Washington Post Newspaper building where his father worked in the engraving department. Early on he admired the work of editorial illustrators whose artwork filled the pages of the newspaper. Since DC was and still is the center of politics, during his teenage years, Anthony became an activist and even marched the streets in protest against Apartheid and other causes during the late eighties and nineties. This can be seen in his editorial illustrations which are mostly political and social commentary.
Anthony’s illustrations are represented in two styles. Primitíve is a naive style of simplified figures with texture and color. Realismé is a more realistic interpretation of subjects and forms. Both are created digitally with mixed media elements. Anthony came from a painting background and his early works are created roughly with acrylic paint and mixed media.
As a designer, Anthony has worked in marketing departments and ad agencies for over 20 years culminating in a position as a Creative Director for a global telecommunications company in Washington, DC. He is a lover of design in all its forms and still creates graphics and websites through Studio Foronda. Included in his fine art work are examples of abstract pieces reflecting his design aesthetic. Graphic forms inform his artistic approach in all his mediums.
As a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), his illustrations have been featured in the Washington Post, Miami Herald, National Public Radio, and others. Anthony has been awarded in the Society of Illustrators West of Los Angeles, Alternative Pick Awards, American Illustration, and recently in the Lurzers Archive's International "200 Best Illustrators Worldwide" competition out of Vienna. His illustrations are on a line of greeting cards on the iPhone app Paperwoven and he has branched out into decorative products. His art has been exhibited in galleries in SOHO, NYC, Baltimore, Maryland, St. Petersburg, Florida, and Los Angeles, California. He is an adjunct professor at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, CT. His studio and home is located a stone’s throw away from downtown Putnam which he shares with his wife Michelle, daughter, Beatrice, and studio mate, labrador retriever, Sula.