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posted Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Painting, Music Life-Long Labors of Love For
Local Man of the Arts
By DENISE FLEISCHER Lifestyles
Tom Fedro has loved art and music since he was first
able to draw and hold an instrument.
Within the studio of this Mt.
Prospect artist's home, you'll find creative and playful pop art collages and whimsical portraiture that have an addictive
rhythm of their own.
Fedro's paintings come alive with bold colors
and lines representing original works in abstract, cityscapes, fine art and landscapes. He's best known for his original abstract
nudes, faces, wines and contemporary modern paintings.
always drawn. I use to copy comics. I was also a music major and can play 12 instruments," said Fedro. "I even have
a little music studio."
In the late 80's, he discovered the
iconic art of Patrick Nagel and fell in love with the style in which he painted women: white faces, black hair and red lips.
He translated his love for this style onto the backs of jean jackets and sold them at women's boutiques in Arlington Hts.
and Woodfield Mall.
For a few years, retail stores began buying his
work in bulk. He then started painting on canvases, experimenting with different colors and bold outlines in themed pop art
collages. His subjects include hearts, buildings and instruments.
the years he's worked as a marketing assistant at IBM working on computer graphics. He also became a creative director for
an advertising agency in Barrington. He was even hired as an insurance broker. When things were slow in the insurance business,
Fedro became a waiter. At a Mt. Prospect restaurant, he met his wife who is a poet and writer.
"She saw my artwork and asked what are you doing everything else for," he said. "After
that she supported my work and we got married."
Fedro set up
a studio in the basement of his home. Shortly after he got a job at a bistro in Mt. Prospect. He created a number of murals
and started hanging his original art throughout the restaurant. He also owned a gallery called Metaphors in Arlington Hts.
His paintings started selling well at the bistro and on the auction
website eBay. Soon, he was shipping 300 canvases a year.
became partners with my friend, Gino Savarino, who I met on eBay and joined forces to start our own website, verybigart.com.
Today, Fedro enjoy five different styles of art, including his pop art series,
which was inspired by Lichtenstein. He also idolizes Peter Max. He has two versions of his "Faces" series, featuring
oblong faces and his most popular "Tres Chic." His cubist series highlights more muted colors in geometric representation.
There's also a wine bottle series, home series, fiberboard sculpture and tribal masks.
"My next big goal is to participate in an art expo in New York to introduce my work to the corporate
world, art dealers, collectors and corporate art galleries," he said.