Pacheco was born on June 1, 1920 in the old whaling city
of New Bedford, Massachusetts. His entire life was dedicated
to art and music.
He began drawing and painting
at the age 5 and was so precocious that he won many art
awards during his early school years.
He joined the U.S. Army at
the age of 20 and during World War II painted much of the
nose art on the fighter jet planes that attacked Germany.
It was reported that one of those airplanes was shot down
and though the pilot survived, the section of the plane
that was not destroyed and contained Tonyís artwork on the
nose, was taken by a Nazi Colonel for his own private art
collection and kept in a warehouse until the war was over.
In 1948 Tony attended the prestigious
Swain School of Art and Design in New Bedford and graduated
4 years later having won many national prizes.
He was also an accomplished
guitar player, performing all over New England, and from
1952 until 1980 owned a music store and teaching center
where both music and art were taught.
He painted in many styles,
restlessly searching for new challenges and sold many works.
It is rumored that one of the Kennedy family has one.
He maintained a childís creativity
all of his life. One day he would paint something surrealistic,
the next day he would paint cartoon characters. The next
day he would paint a landscape or portrait and the day after
he might paint his own version of a Vargas style girl.
He even made sculptures out
of wood, cans, bottles or any common pieces of what some
people would consider junk and would turn them into awesome
pieces of art much like artists working in the currently
popular school called " Outsider Art." He was far ahead
of his time. I even have an oil truck he made in 1950 using
a large Campbell Soup can. He was 15 years ahead of Andy
His passing on January 6, 2005
stopped all that great creativity. Thankfully, most art
survives the artist and between his 5 children we have a
lot of it.
It is now time for the world
to see and share the Art of Tony Pacheco.