Although Tony Armendariz was surrounded by artists throughout his childhood, it wasn’t until high school that he began experimenting with art.
Growing up in a family of graphic artists, he always knew his future could go in this direction, but he also always kept his eyes open for new artistic opportunities and opportunities along the way.
His eagerness to learn everything about art and to find new challenges eventually led him to watercolor painting.
Armendariz, who lives and works in the Palatinate, graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he studied with the renowned watercolor teacher Irving Shapiro. From there he began his corporate career as a graphic artist, doing everything from illustration to web design, but it was watercolor painting that became his creative passion.
Armendariz’s inspiration comes from everyday scenes of human life. His compositions show highly detailed faces, street scenes, domestic life and architecture.
“Capturing the inner and outer soul or authentic self of my subject is the best thing about being an artist,” Armendariz said.
Meeting people from all over the world, especially Cuba, learning more and more about art history, experiencing new ways of life and even just observing everyday people gives Armendariz the fuel to create a wide variety of subjects with breathtaking details.
“I want people to understand the stories I paint and the more they look at them, the more they enjoy the painting. Since I paint life scenes, I hope the viewer can empathize with my subject and feel their situation,” Armendariz said. “The more I have been able to connect with people, the more my powers of observation have improved, particularly with the ability to see the subtle and invisible; that’s what I want to paint.”
Armendariz is a distinguished member of many national artistic societies and was the director of the Illinois Watercolor Society for 10 years. His award-winning work has been published in Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, and Watercolor Artists magazines. He has received national recognition for his paintings.
Some of Armendariz’s awards include Best of Show/People’s Choice at the 18th Annual VMRC 18th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition 2021, First Place at the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 40th Annual International Juried Exhibition 2019, Best of Show at the 42nd Annual International 2018 Northeast Watercolor Society Exhibition and Outstanding Watercolor at the 2013 FASO Boldbrush Online Competition.
Armendariz is represented by the Blue Moon Gallery, Grayslake, 18620 Belvidere Road, where he features his work in monthly exhibitions. The gallery is open to the public on weekends from 1pm to 4pm and during artist receptions every fourth Saturday of the month from 6pm to 9pm
The next artists’ reception will be on August 27th, which will also feature live music and a food truck. Patrons can meet Armendariz and other artists represented by the gallery. Armendariz’s work can be seen at www.thebluemoongallery.com.