The man behind the artistry
Tony Mayo was born in the small picturesque community of Owatonna, Southern Minnesota. He spent his childhood in the American Midwest moving with his family to Minneapolis, Minnesota and then on to Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Grand Rapids, Michigan and back to Stevens Point before returning to Minnesota where he attended Edina High School and the University of Minnesota.
Tony earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts from St. Cloud State University, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from The University of Minnesota.
His earliest fond recollections include making miniature cars and houses out of mud from his parent’s garden, and sitting at the dining room table receiving memorable drawing lessons in graphite pencil from his talented Grandmother Harrington. Tony has had a passion for creating art ever since!
In 1974, Tony immigrated to Canada settling first in the Northwest Territories where he traveled much of Canada’s Arctic and helped establish an Inuit Art Co-op.
Tony’s studio is located in Abbotsford, British Columbia where he lives with his beautiful wife and close to his wonderful children and lovely grandchildren. Located in the Fraser Valley, Tony’s studio overlooks the Fraser River and is surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains.
One of Tony’s hobbies is studying endangered ethnic groups, an interest that has prompted him to travel the remote regions of 96 countries around the globe.
Tony’s art represents his fascination with world cultures and often incorporates rare and unusual materials obtained during exotic travels.