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Anthony Rondinone is an American painter born and raised in the Bronx, New York.Focusing on stylistic portraits, he's expressing the raw emotions common in a poor immigrant community like his, such as addiction, isolation, depression and anger. He is interested in self reflection and connecting to emotions, hoping you can connect with these characters to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and others around you. Whether he's attempting to show the beauty in sadness or revealing the ugly side of humanity, he wants to spark personal confrontation."I've been using certain pop characters to portray different groups in society. Sesame street started reminding me of the Bronx, and each character felt like a different type of person where I grew up. Cookie monster seems like the typical addict you pass by on the street without thinking twice, but he's actually an incredibly sad character when you stop to think about his life."