Mr. Anthony M. Alonso, born 1931, is a well known fine arts painter. A graduate of both The High School of Music & Art in
Introduced about 25 years ago to the racing world, he now works full time doing fine arts paintings of the famous thoroughbreds, their owners and the environment. This has brought him international acclaim and his paintings are in private and public collections in
Mr. Alonso has been featured in many fine publications such as The Blood Horse, Spur Magazine, Equine Images, The Daily Racing Form, The Post, The New York News, The Thoroughbred Record, The Artist's Magazine (summer 1998), Pacemaker Magazine (England publication), etc in which he has been dubbed as “Painter of Champions” and “An Observer of a World Within a World”.
Being able to easily capture the likeness of both the thoroughbred champions and the people involved in racing (which is a rare combination in this specialized field), has led to many important assignments like those listed below:
In 1996, The National Museum of Racing in
Mr. Alonso has also been commissioned by The Ontario Jockey Club to paint the winners of the Queen's Plate in 1995 (Regal Discovery), 1989 (With Approval), and The Rothman International Winner (Golden Act) 1980.Commissioned by Arlington Race Track, in Arlington Heights, Illinois to paint the winners of the Arlington Million for their permanent art collection 1992 (Dear Doctor), 1983 (Tolomeo) and 1982 (Perrault).
In 1990, The Kentucky Derby Museum honored Mr. Alonso with a retrospective show of his works. He was also commissioned in 1986 to paint both the Official Breeders' Cup Commemorative Series (four paintings), plus the painting that was used for the Official 1986 Breeders' Cup Poster (the races were held at Santa Anita Race Track in California).Commissioned by Laurel Race Track, to paint the winners of the Laurel International Race 1980 ("Argument") and 1979 (Bowl Game).