Art Dealer

Tony Pernicone has been an Art Dealer since 1980. He began his career in San Francisco dealing primarily, in the art of Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, LeRoy Neiman, Andrew Wyeth, Charles Bragg, Mihail Chemiakin, Lev Meshberg, Alvar Sunol and Graciela Rodo-Boulanger, for Bowles-Hopkins Gallery of San Francisco. He worked for Bowles-Hopkins from 1980-1983. In 1983, he became Director of the Owl Gallery for the Circle Fine Art Corporation, and his expertise in 20th-Century artists expanded to include all the artist's Circle Fine Art represented such as, Agam, Erte, Norman Rockwell, Victor Vasarely and Animation Art.

Throughout these years, he has literally been involved with hundreds of artists but has become especially knowledgeable, and in some cases expert, in the works of LeRoy Neiman, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro, Erte, Salvador Dali. 19th Century European and California Plein air Painters and American illustrators.

He's also well versed with the Ash Can and Pop School artists; the New York Art Movement in general; as well as a significant group of the new younger artists working today. 

These relationships over the years also broadened his knowledge of many of the Impressionist and Post Impressionist painters and sculptors, which included artists Mary Cassatt, Paul Cezanne, Camille Claudel, Edgar Degas, Paul Gaugin, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Camille Pissaro, Pierre Auguste-Renoir, Auguste Rodin and Paul Signac. This also includes many other noteworthy and obscure contemporary sculptors, and photographers (fine art and fashion).

In 1996, in addition to his responsibilities as Director of Franklin Bowles Galleries, he established Avanti Fine Arts, Dealers, Appraisers and Auctioneers. On October 31, 2001, he resigned as Director of Franklin Bowles to devote himself to Avanti Fine Arts.

In 1986, he became the Director of the San Francisco Art Exchange. The San Francisco Art Exchange is a gallery, publisher, and secondary market broker for most noteworthy 20th-Century artists. They're considered the worlds leading authority on the art of Alberto Vargas and were the North American distributor for the art of Ronnie Wood (Guitarist for the Rolling Stones).

In 1994, he became the Director of Bowles/Sorokko Galleries, (which is now known as Franklin Bowles Galleries) and added more depth to the growing list of art and artists; some of whom included, Andy Warhol, George Braque, Robert Rauschenberg, Thomas Hart Benton, Igor Medvedev, Maxfield Parrish, Leonard Baskin, Larry Horowitz, Pierre Marie Brisson, Yuri Kuper, Henri Matisse, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Rembrandt Van Rijn, Alexander Calder, Bernard Buffet and many others.

Henri Matisse, "Icarus" from "Jazz" series, 1947


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