Antonio Russo was born in England in 1965, both parents were Sicilian and he spent his early years there, moving back to England at the age of 13.

His family roots in Sicily influenced his taste in art and music bringing a broad spectrum of culture, light, colour and sound which are evident in his work today.
For Antonio the link between art and music is intrinsic and the line between the two is blurred, he feels the music and paints his feelings.
Says Toni
“I don’t really know if I have an artist’s statement or style, I don’t really see the need. I love painting to music and I never know what I’m doing until I look at a blank canvas, and at that point the colours, music and inspiration hit me, and it all starts to flow. Art speaks for itself, especially abstract expressionism, why should I complicate things by expounding on how or why I do what I do? I paint what I paint based on how I feel, and I try to paint from my heart. I do my best to present movement, emotion, energy, and visual excitement. I never shy away from bold colours. Colour is life! Colours make people feel happy, and happiness is what life is all about.
Abstract painting is easy to approach once you open your mind and have no fear. I also make music, I am a music producer and I do the same when I write a song as when I paint; I start with a blank sheet and then apply musical notes; that’s why I paint with music. I paint to sooth my soul.”
Besides being a successful record producer Antonio has also had great success in other fields during his lifetime including owning and running a string of restaurants, property development and was on his way to F1 as a professional racing driver. Toni raced with the best and biggest names during his track life and was heading for the top when a racing accident cut his career short. He now leads a more sedate life (but still drives a Ferrari) and Abstract Painting is his main form of expression.
‘Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination is endless."