About Stony

‘’...my story, my book. I will no longer let anyone else write it’’.

Antonio Russo, AKA Stony, was born in England in 1965, to Sicilian parents. He began painting and drawing at a young age, using it as a tool to express himself due to struggling with dyslexia and autism. Stony was always extremely driven and motivated, and started racing cars at the age of sixteen. By the time he was eighteen, he was a part of ‘Formula Ford’, and at twenty-one he joined the likes of Damon Hill, Eddie Irvine, and Johnny Herbert in ‘Formula Three’.

Just five years after this, Stony was inspired by his father, and opened a chain of eight successful restaurants – the most notable of these being ‘Oscars’, named after his son. In addition to all of this, Stony founded his own record label, ‘Loony Records’, and worked with notable artists such as Kanye West, Usher and Eliza Doolittle.

Artistically, Stony’s work is extremely unique. It shows ties to urban and street art, with twists of abstraction and features of his own, personal quotes and mantras. He was heavily inspired by his life and family and particularly, in recent years, his battle with cancer. This was a very close cause to his heart, due to his father’s passing of the same disease in 2007. Stony raised money for ‘The Brain Tumour Charity’, mental health charity, ‘Mind’, and the NHS during COVID-19. He lived by the motto “make the most of life” and continued to create art until he passed in June 2022. He didn’t have a line of separation between his life and his art; his life was his masterpiece.

In 2016 he was signed with the UK Publishing House, Demontfort Fine Art and is in over 50 galleries in the UK, Clarendon Fine Art and Whitewall Galleries. He has exhibited all over the world, including Miami, New York and ‘The Louvre’ in Paris with Galleries displaying his art in LA, Vegas and Dubai. Stony’s expressive street art comes from the creative mind of a truly passionate artist who paints his ‘diary on canvas’ and strongly presents art at its absolute rawest form. In February 2019, he was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Grade 4 Brain Tumour. He has undergone 2 surgeries, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, immunotherapy, participated in a clinical trial and is currently having Avastin treatment alongside chemotherapy. During this time he has raised money for The Brain Tumour Charity, a charity very close to him since his dad passed away from the same type of Brain Tumour in 2007. Another charity special to him and has raised money for is Mind Charity. And during the pandemic, he raised money for the NHS. His artwork today is massively influenced by his illness, positively and negatively. But reading his paintings, you can see that he puts his whole life on the canvas, in all aspects. You get a piece of history, a piece of someone’s life.

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