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July 24, 2016

History

Anthony M. Alonso is a graduate of The High School of Music & Art in New York City and Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.  He also studied at The Art Students League in New York under Samuel Oppenheim and John Howard Sanden.

Alonso is internationally well known and works full time doing fine arts paintings of famous thoroughbreds, their owners and their environment.

Alonso has had two retrospective exhibits of his work.  The Kentucky Derby Museum exhibit was from April through June 1990.  His equine art exhibit there was the first one ever acclaimed by the critics as “fine art” – a breakthrough for the Museum.

The second show was at The National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs –  “A Quarter Century Retrospective” – July 20th through September 30th, 1996.  A collection of 36 originals were borrowed from his collectors for this show, which was thoroughly enjoyed by the public.

His paintings are in many private and public collections throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Monaco, and Venezuela.  Also at Arlington, Belmont, Churchill Downs, Laurel, Santa Anita & Woodbine Race Tracks and The National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame (who have three original oils by Alonso in their permanent collection).

Timeline:

October 6, 1931 – Born
1943 – 1947 – Studied at High School of Music and Art
1947 – 1951 – Studied art at Pratt Institute
1951 – 1955 – Served in the US Air Force
1955 – Married to Mary Quiñones
1955 – 1974 – Worked in advertising
1971 – First introduced to the throroughbred racing scene by H Allen Jerkens
1976 – 2010 – Annual Exhibit at Gideon Putnam Hotel, Saratoga Springs, NY
March 15, 2013 – Died

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