Tony Monsanto was born in 1946 in Curaçao and passed away in January 2014. He studied at Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. He also holds a degree in architecture from the Technical University Delft. Since 1992 full time artist. Lived and worked in Curaçao.
My work incorporates contemporary issues, like environmental and social subjects, dealing with the complexity of our Caribbean identity and reality. Migration of our people to the economical centers causes a brain drain and stagnation of our economy. Some, as a reaction to the demands of the harsh reality, seek mental support in the mythical world of ancestral African religions. While the stereotype images combine clear blue waters, sandy beaches, palm trees, cool cocktails, tanned bodies, drum beating musicians, carnival parades and attractive dancers into a picture postcard view of the Caribbean, the population is struggling with unemployment, low income, political indecision as part of post-colonialism, as well as drug, gambling and alcohol addiction.