Tony was the first Natural American Citizen in his family, which migrated from a refugee camp in Rome. At the age of 19, Tony went to work on the assembly line of Ford Motor Company and on his breaks, he would sketch. Management took notice and asked if he’d like to be part of a plant beautification project to boost the workers’ morale. Tony has since moved from factory floors to gallery walls. His recent accomplishments include commissions for Lady Gaga, Jay Leno, and Ford’s Centennial celebration of the Assembly Line. He has been featured in Ford’s international “Go Further” campaign and his work is in the permanent collection of Michigan’s Holocaust Memorial Center. He has also been voted “Best Fine Artist” of Detroit by HOUR Detroit Magazine for the past 5 consecutive years. In addition to creating his own artwork, Tony has a passion for aiding other aspiring artists, particularly children whose talents would go unnoticed because of the circumstance of their environment. This passion inspired Tony to create the Art Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to Fostering Creative Minds. The Art Foundation provides art expression opportunities to youth in Detroit and the surrounding area, with a focus on engaging children who are members of at-risk and vulnerable populations. A portion of the proceeds from all of RoKo's work goes to the Art Foundation to provide art experiences for kids in Detroit and the surrounding area. http://www.youtube.com/embed/63bZ_G4aNOs
Tony's ArtPrize Entries
These are Tony's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Tony's Past Work
These are images of past work that Tony has done.