Anthony Zummo grew up in West Babylon where his knack for art began where he spent most of his time sculpting figurines, designing his own skateboards, and making his own comic books. Today he designs album covers, websites and uses his talents to make art with a humorous undertone and to bring awareness to global issues. He devotes his life completely to his art and fully represents the Long Island art community showing works at the RIPE art gallery in Greenlawn.
Vincent Van Gogh inspired his “Impressionism is Not Dead” collection which includes paintings of famous impressionist’s works where flesh eating zombies take over the scene in brightly colored hues. “I also grew up in the George Romero zombie golden days where the zombies were social commentary and not just sprinting undead cannibals” similar to today’s generations obsession with “Walking Dead”. These paintings are Zummo’s way of teaching the younger generation about art from the past and making it light hearted and fun, he says “The humor tends to lighten the mood enough to remove peoples protective emotional walls. So when I see different generations of people looking at the works and enjoying them before even realizing that someone was being devoured in the piece that makes me smile.”
Inspired from documentaries about the first atomic bomb and Einstein’s E=mc2, his collection “Handel with Care” puts you face to face with the issues of nuclear threats in the middle east and the dangerous materials available on the black market. He says “The exhibit was a vague timeline of our mistakes on this planet and we need more awareness of what we are doing.” Preservation of the environment is also a driving force in his “Free Art in the Streets” collection, which is sponsored by RIPE art gallery. By displaying his art on the streets with a sign that says “free art” Zummo not only gets his name out there in a very clever way but he also does right by the environment by using recycled materials for these pieces. He says “I thought this was a brilliant way to recycle materials that I would’ve normally bundled up for the specific days of the week designated for cardboard, paper, glass.”
To see upcoming shows and his full collections go to http://anthonyzummo.com/
By Jenna Weis