Custom-made portraits by Zito on Classic NY Coffee Cups

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Antony Zito

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Antony Zito


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Video summary: I'm sitting at my kitchen table making coffee cup portraits, these are for the Acker Awards on the Lower East Side, NYC... I mostly draw New Yorkers on these very NY cups, but I will draw anyone who asks.

I Paint Portraits on Found Objects

When I was in my 20s I was living in the East Village NYC and I didn't have much money. But back then rent was fairly cheap and you could get by without needing to spend all your time working. I have always been a painter and, during those lean and lovely years of living in the heart of the greatest city in the world, I learned the value of making art with and on whatever I could find. I'd carry home broken mirrors and ironing boards, cabinet doors or whatever crossed my path - and I'd turn it into art. Many times I'd see a stack of scratched up records in a heap on the corner and I would always drag em home. Because even if they didn't play, they could work as canvases. Same goes for the coffee cups... there's a few on every corner in New York. And they are the perfect disposable icon of the Big Apple.

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    "Zito is one of my very favorite New York artists, partly because he thinks of himself as an artisan (he likes to make paintings on commission) and partly because he's just a really fine and inventive painter."  - Jim Jarmusch

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Last updated on May 11, 2022
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How can I make sure my portrait comes out great?

Send me a great photo.... ideally it will not only LOOK like the person you want painted but it will FEEL like them too. It should have good frontal lighting without too many heavy shadows across the face. And I highly recommend a "closed-mouth smile" - teeth rarely look good in paintings. I can make it work if that's all you've got, but look at portrait paintings throughout history.... there are no teeth! Wonder why? Trust me, they can look a little weird at times.