Artist Statement

For me, drawing is everything—because it informs everything. It even make’s clear my way of thinking, it is the way I begin all my paintings.

That is a discipline that means I have to face up to realities—realities of appearance, but also the realities of life.

The real running thread is the interest in translating those objects into works of art.

My art is about a personal exploration of the subject and the materials used to create the work. Regardless of whether the subject is something as mundane as a toothbrush or as awe inspiring as the beauty of nature, it has to speak to me in some way. I have to feel empathy towards the subject and desire to form a relationship with it, as inevitably I am affected by the feeling or mood of the subject. My paintings evolve organically from life's everyday glances. Rather than trying to force my will on them, I give them total control. Each layer determines and guides the next. My paintings are a dialogue between giving and taking. I do not want to sign the work until it looks like it has been lived on, until I have violated the open white space and created something that can become independent of me and fend for itself.

I have always sought to achieve an almost 'timeless' quality about my work, a fusion of both classical and contemporary elements to produce a piece that defies the age of time.















Anthony F. Klama

Born: Chicago IL

Studio: Hanover Park, Illinois

Winter: Studio , Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico

I have paintings in private collections in the greater Chicago area, New York, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Minnesota, Wisconsin in the USA, and Chapala, Ajijic Mexico, Canada. 

Exhibits  - Group Shows

ASA International Judged Art Show, Ajijic, Mexico, Yearly since 2003

2007 1st Annual Ontarioville Fine Art Art Fair

2004 Nuevo Posada, Ajijic Mex.

2003 Camino del Real, La Floresta Mex.

Exhibits - Galleries

2008 June and July Schaumburg Township Library, Illinois

2007 December and 2008 January Hanover Park C.C. Art Gallery, Illinois

2007 September Hanover Park Branch, Schaumburg Township Library, Illinois

2005 Solo Show, Galeria Del Oro, Ajijic Mex


2008 2nd Place, Pastel Landscape Painting, ASA International Art Show, Ajijic, MX

2007 Mayor's Choice Award, Ontarioville Fine Art Fair, Illinois

2007 2nd Place Portrait Oil, Ajijic, Mexico

2007 3rd Place Landscape, Pastel Ajijic, Mexico

2004 3rd Place Portrait Pastel, Mex.

2004 Lake Chapla Society, Art in the park Landscape Architectural Award

1992 3rd Place Portrait Oil, Hanover Art League

1958 3rd Place Watercolor, School of the Art Institute Chicago

Illustrations and Art Related Projects

2006 Hines VA Hospital Orthopedic Booklet for Total Hip & Knee Replacements

1989 Menu Illustration, Cancum Restaurant, Hanover Park, Illinois

1980 Wall Murals, private homes, United States and Mexico


1992 International Academy of Design & Technology: Computer Graphics

1987-1991 American Academy of Art

1957 and 1958 School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1951 and 1952 School of the Art Institute Youth Classes


2006 Scottsdale Artist School, Anita Hampton, Plein Air Painting

2005 Scottsdale Artist School, Sherri Mc Graw, Life Drawing

2004 Scottsdale Artist School, Leslie B. DeMille, Pastel Portraits

2003 Scottsdale Artist School, Paul Leveille, Pastel Portraits

2002 Mex., Carl Barnhart Canadian Portrait Artist

1994 New York, John Howard Sanden, Oil Portrait

1992 Chicago, John Howard Sanden, Oil Portrait

1990 Chicago, Richard Schmid, Oil Portrait

1987 Chicago, Ted Smuskiewicz, Oil Portrait


Ajijic Society of the Arts, Chicago Pastel Painters, Chicago Artists Coalition, Charter Member Portrait Institute, Portrait Society of America 


Corporate and private collectors in the United States, Canada and Mexico

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