Karen & Tony Barone

Rancho Mirage, CA

Artist Bio

KAREN & TONY BARONE are a legendary couple working side by side in the execution of their very large-scale sculpture  & paintings. Their sculptures can be experienced throughout the Palm Springs Valley. They are local artists with a global reach. This extraordinarily creative husband and wife team’s works have been exhibited and acquired by cities, individuals, corporations, & museums worldwide. The Barones were both born in Chicago where they met, fell in love, merged, married and achieved a high level of success: “Chicago was very good to us.” The next stop on their artistic and romantic journey took them to New York City where “we got our stripes.” Working out of their sprawling 4th floor loft, they were known as “Soho pioneers.” A hillside studio on their horse farm in East Tennessee became their next artistic environ before heading west to become a powerful artistic presence disseminating art and producing one couple shows from their massive canal-side studio in Los Angeles’ Venice Beach. Early in the new millennium, they moved their high voltage creativity to the Palm Springs California desert community of Rancho Mirage in the Coachella Valley, where larger-than-life public art began to dominate their oeuvre. Karen & Tony Barone possess a formidable wit. They create mind-boggling works of art that challenge our sense of scale and spatial reality. They place us in an Alice-In-Wonderland state of disbelief and visual adventure. They believe art can be a powerful force for good and human enrichment and they support many causes to that goal. A principal public art initiative is a series of giant 6’-2” brightly colored Dalmatian puppy sculptures titled “R. HERO”. The “R. HERO” sculpture was conceived to honor Firefighters & First Responders. One of their accomplishments includes an expansive swooping 50’ sculpture known as the “Forks”. It dominates the front façade of Acqua California Bistro @The River and the colorful mega ensemble art installation of 9 ginormous rabbit sculptures in Palm Desert. The “Rabbits” and the “Forks”.

What kind of public art project do I want to work on?

Producing art for public places is our mission and passion.