The prominent role of American artist John D.Antone is closely aligned with the "Old Continent" as a result of his passion to forge international connections in creativity, education and audience. He is a sculptor, curator, and professor. In 2019 Antone's work had the honor of being officially accepted into the Organization of American States, Art Museum of the Americas' permanent collection of North & Latin American masterpieces. He was the first artist from the USA ever invited to have an exhibition in the 35 year history of cultural programs at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels. In 2018 the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia presented a solo exhibition of Mr. Antone's sculptures. He has been an art historian in the Art lnformation & Education Department of National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and between 2007 and 2008 he was a visiting art professor at the University of Rijeka, Croatia. As an artist, his main focus is on making sculptures using bronze as a means of expression. The repeating motifs of his works are connected with evidence of nature and the dreams of an artist; where real and imaginary worlds merge into 3D physical reality, coming to life when their formal presentation invites the viewer's contemplation to discover self meaning. Through the universal language of symbols and poetics, the artist communicates messages about transience as well as rebirth and eternity, freedom, longing, safety, human warmth, beauty and vulnerability. In a world in which the individual is often isolated and robbed of human warmth, the artist finds shelter In a surreal dream world, where one can fly and be free. The images of trees, branches, bird's nests and little houses with mysterious spaces captured in bronze offer viewers shelter against the cruelty of everyday life, inviting them to join the artist in his safe world of shelter and warm relationships between people.
"My sculpture is visual poetry. Dreams interest me and beauty found in nature. Houses are an open door to the imagination. Art stops time. What are we doing here? Flying".
John D. Antone