Tony Girolo grew up in San Luis Obispo. About twenty years ago Tony was a San Luis High School senior who won the Arne Nybak Painting Award at SLOMA’s annual countywide High School Art Portfolio Competition. He began furthering his art education at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, including a summer study at the International School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture in Italy, before graduating in 2003. Tony then attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, to acquire his MFA in painting in 2006 before returning to San Luis Obispo to make his living as an artist and teacher. While on summer breaks, SLOMA often hired Tony to teach some of its youth art camps and drop-in adult classes. SLOMA’s curatorial staff was even fortunate to have his expertise as a preparator back then. Most recently, Girolo participated in the 2018 Hielo A.I.R. in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Now Tony is coming back to SLOMA with his abstract paintings and portraitures in a solo exhibition entitled Lost and Found showing just a few feet from where his high school art hung years ago.
On view beginning on Friday, June 28 through August 18, 2019, Lost and Found celebrates its opening reception on Friday, July 5 with an opportunity to meet the artist.