"Painted Lady Butterly Series" - ORIGINAL - 35" x 45" - 2009 - Oil on Fredrix Archival Canvas (12 ounce heavy cotton duck canvas) . Marcos Antonio was born in the mountains of the Dominican Republic and became a laborer at the age of five to help support his family of eleven. In 1971, the family emigrated to New York and a few years later Marcos Antonio enlisted in the US Army, where he served for six years. Marcos later acquired a business degree and became the owner of a cosmetic line. He sold his businesses in 1994 to dedicate himself entirely to his lifelong passions, painting. Mr. Antonio has exhibited and has spoken about his art globally and in 2007, he started the art global project “Impressions of Humanity”. It is his “Butterfly” series – though – that truly captures the essence of the artist: From Marcos: “we were very poor and my mother worked extremely hard to provide for our family. Our vegetable garden was life. But there was death, there, too. My mother would send me out into the garden to collect and kill by hand all of the caterpillars that were determined to rob our subsistence for their own. I hated killing those caterpillars… because I knew that I was destroying the beauty that they would become - so now I use the same hands to give those caterpillars back their path to a beautiful butterfly life through my art…”
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