Tony Luciani

Home: Durham, Ontario
Title: Wonder Woman
Media: Oil on canvas / huile sur toile
Dimensions: 83.5 x 58 cm

The painting Wonder Woman began as an intense emotional response to my partner’s breast cancer diagnosis and her courageous voyage to find healing. I witnessed first-hand the many setbacks of the psychological and physical challenges that people in her position were being subjected to. Through all of it, however, my life deepened in profundity. In the portrait, I tried to capture the meaningful spirit of quiet strength, yet acknowledging the helplessness cancer brings. Wonder Woman is about humanity’s fragility and vulnerability, about life and the power to endure and overcome. It is about our questions of who we are, where we are going and how to uncover a way to achieve our dreams, no matter what obstacles fall onto our paths. Wonder Woman is my ultimate hero.
BORN: Toronto, 1956

1970-1974 Central Technical School, Toronto, art program
1974-1975 Sheridan Community College, Oakville, Ontario
1975-1977 Ontario College of Art, Toronto; fine art program
1977-1978 Ontario College of Art, ‘Florence Off-Campus Program’, post-graduate; Florence, Italy

2007 Galerie Crescent Contemporain, Montreal, Quebec; ‘From Da Vinci to Freud’
2005 Loch Gallery, Toronto, Ontario; ‘Layered Reality’
1997 Nancy Poole’s Studio, Toronto (also 1989 1984 1980)
1995 Joseph D. Carrier Public Gallery, Toronto
1993 Homer Watson House and Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario
1993 Roberts Gallery, Toronto
1990-91 Kitchener/Waterloo Public Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario; catalogue
1992, 1984Rodman Hall Arts Centre, National Exhibition Centre, St. Catharines, Ontario; catalogues

2002-03 “Identita: An Exhibition by Italian Canadian Artists; A Traveling Exhibition”, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, Ontario, and Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Toronto; catalogue
2002, 2001 Etobicoke Public Art Gallery, juried exhibition, Etobicoke, Ontario (2 best in show prize awards)
1999 Wellington County Museum, Fergus, Ontario; ‘Fathers and Sons’, invitational
1998 Wellington County Museum, Fergus, Ontario; Self Portrait Exhibition
1995 MacDonald Stewart Art Gallery, Guelph, Ontario: juried
1993 Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario; juried
1991, 1990 The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, USA
1989 “Artitudes”, 7th International Art Competition, Art 54, New York, NY; prize award
1987 “Aspects of Contemporary Realism”, The MacIntosh Art Gallery, London, Ontario
1984 Hall du Centenaire, National Museum of Monaco, XVIII International Exhibition of Contemporary Art of Monte Carlo; juried
1981 City of Toronto Archives, Market Gallery; “Toronto…New Perspectives-Old Reflections”
1980 London Regional Public Art Gallery; International Print and Drawing Exhibition; catalogue
1979 “Water Colour Painting in Canada”, University of Waterloo, Kitchener; catalogue
1979 “A Canadian Start in Art”, Canada House, London, England; Invitational; catalogue
1978 “Selected Drawings: The Figure”; McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph; catalogue

1989, 1979, 1977 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant
1980-81 Canada Council “B” Grant
1976-77 George A. Reid Scholarship (Ontario College of Art)

Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario
Corporation of the City of Toronto
Canada House, London, England