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Antonio Alonso

Antonio is a first generation Argentinian. He grew up in Buenos Aires where he studied psychology. At the age of 22 he left Argentina to explore the world. Pursuing his interest in primitive culture, shamanism and religion, he travelled and lived for years in South and Central America. He then went on to India where he lived for four years.

It was there, on the banks of the Ganges that he met a woman who was to become his wife. Sheri is a Canadian from Vancouver studying at that time in Benares. They travelled together for years through Asia and established an importing business that allowed them to divide their time between India and Canada.

When their daughter, Natalya, was born they began looking for a place to settle down and found this beautiful island on the west coast of Canada. They moved to Salt Spring in 1992 and in 1994, Adrian was born.

Since moving to Salt Spring, Antonio began to pursue his passion for woodcarving, building on the years of influence of primitive art and exposure to the surrounding nature. Some years after, he discovered the lathe and began turning wood. By 1999 he was combining the turning and sculptural carving and his work took form.

He has sold his work through local galleries and from his home-based studio as well as at the renowned Salt Spring Saturday Market. As the island is a popular international tourist destination, Antonio’s works are in homes in Europe, Japan, Australia, the U.S.A and throughout Canada.

He is currently represented exclusively on Salt Spring Island at Gallery 8.

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