Antony Zito is a portrait painter from the woods of Northern Connecticut who has spent over 20 years on New York’s Lower East Side. Zito ran a gallery and portrait studio on Ludlow Street through 2006. To New Yorkers, his portraits of the local characters are instantly recognizable as illustrating a scraggly line through the period after the dust settled from the 80s East Village art scene. The New York Post has called his portrait paintings “sensual” and his renderings of people on recycled materials other than canvas have prompted The Village Voice to refer to him as “a master of the found object”. His work has been exhibited and collected throughout the US, UK, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Japan. Zito is a founding member of the non-profit group, 4heads, and every September since 2008 they launch New York’s largest independent exhibition of artists and galleries known as Governors Island Art Fair on historic Governors Island in New York Harbor. Zito’s portraits appear in Jim Jarmusch’s films; “Coffee and Cigarettes” and “Broken Flowers”. Zito is currently working on a documentary film illuminating his corner of the East Village & LES in the 90s and 2000s.