Putnam Arts Council
unveils new downtown murals by local artist Anthony Foronda
A new set of murals now hangs in downtown Putnam on the
brick public restrooms building on Pomfret Street
Putnam – Two new murals by local artist Anthony Foronda were recently unveiled in Downtown Putnam by the Putnam Arts Council. Mr. Foronda created the first piece "Super Hero Woman as part of the 2015 First Friday showcasing "Digital Art.” Mr. Foronda states, "I was inspired by fashion illustration and science fiction art. I was also influenced by “80’s” design. I wanted to create a futuristic representation of a woman. When I started out with the sketches, I used fashion photography as reference for the woman in the first piece. I used a fashion model to create the portrait. The geometric “forms” came after and was influenced by “80’s” design elements."
The Putnam Arts Council asked Mr. Foronda to create a partner piece of a man to display with the woman on the Municipal Restroom Building. Again, he used fashion photography as reference for the figure and he carried the same design elements to make both pieces work together. This new piece is titled Super Hero Man. The works are each 40" x 30"and are digital mixed media print on aluminum. Mr. Foronda explained that "printing on aluminum added another challenge. I did not want to fully color the figures because I wanted the aluminum to come through so I left the figures as “line-art” rather than model the form. I look forward to seeing the piece “shine” on Pomfret Street."
As a graduate of The Maryland Institute College of Art, Mr. Foronda has graced the pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, Red Herring Financial Magazine, St. Petersburg Times, National Public Radio, etc. He was a regular contributor to the Miami Herald Tropic Magazine with a weekly illustration for a column called True Lies. Before freelancing full time, he worked as a creative director focusing on advertising to ethnic markets in the U.S. He was chosen to be in American Illustration 26, 28, and 32. Mr. Foronda has been recognized in The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles Illustration West 43, 45, 48, and 53 as well as a Third Place Award in the 2005 Alternative Pick Awards. In 2011 and 2014, he had works selected in the Lurzer's Archive of Illustration's "200 Best Illustrators Worldwide.” His artwork can be seen on greeting cards on the iPhone app Paperwoven. Mr. Foronda taught at Ringling School of Art and is currently in the Art Institute's online curriculum for multimedia graphics. He is currently adjunct faculty at Quinebaug Valley Community College.
Mr. Foronda lives in the rural town of Putnam, which is located in Northeast Connecticut with his wife, daughter, cat, Atticus, and studio mate, Sula, his yellow Labrador. In his spare time, he likes to ride his motorcycle, studies the Japanese Martial Art Aikido, is a council member in two town organizations, practices Zen meditation, and likes to travel abroad. Mr. Foronda is a political activist and believes that art has an obligation to inform the community and world about the truth.