About Concetta Antico
Growing up in Australia
Growing up in Australia, my deep passion for art breathes within my earliest memories. Art was my daily fare. As soon as I was provided my own materials, I started reproducing the images of Cezanne, van Gogh, Monet and the other great Impressionists. My art won many school awards, and my mother predicted I would grow to be a great artist and art teacher. Though she died when I was 12, I never forgot this. My passion for art and her words saved my life and brought me to where I am today.
Art Saved My Life
After my mother passed away, life was very hard. At 16, I set off with $3 in my pocket, a small suitcase and nowhere to go. Homeless for awhile, I soon found a job, an apartment, finished high school and worked my way through college.
These harsh foundational experiences made me who I am today, and every bit of my success was born out of it. I never give up and I always follow my dream.
Immigrating to LA
I immigrated to Los Angeles. Being a chaparral environment, warm and coastal, California cured my terrible homesickness and allowed me to establish some roots.
My big break came when I grasped this opportunity to pursue my dream of being a full time artist and to combine my education degree with my lifelong passion to paint, to transform the lives of others by sharing the joy of painting.
My first studio was opened in La Jolla, CA in a tiny 400-square-foot retail space. Retail fine art instruction and events for all ages was unheard of then – it seems I started a major trend! My friends all said I was throwing my money away, but I didn’t listen and I never looked back – building a thriving Salon of Art and gallery filled with my paintings.
In December 2012, Dr. Jay Neitz, a world-renowned leader in the field of color vision, discovered I was a “Tetrachromat,” someone possessing an incredible genetic gift. Tetrachromats have four color receptors in their eyes instead of the usual three. This “super vision” allows me to see up to 100 million colors – 100 times those with regular vision!
It’s believed only 2-3% of the world’s population has this gift, and of those, far fewer are professional artists. My color vision allows me to see very subtle color variations, differentiations that normal vision cannot perceive. My natural visual world is breathtaking. The world is so vibrant and stimulating to my eyes, allowing me to paint what I see, what I love the most, and what I live. The beauty I surround myself with is my daily muse.
My belief is that today, more than ever, balance is vital to a healthy life. Abundant personal self-expression, in the form of creativity and artistic endeavors, will be the remedy, accessible to all.