Anthony Freda is a freelance illustrator whose work has been published in Time, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Esquire, and Business Week. Freda’s paintings have hung in galleries such as the Society of Illustrators and The Puck Building in New York City at Gen Art’s Summer Art Festival in 2002. Freda was trained at Pratt Institute and Tyler Art School in Rome, Italy. His works often include an element of social commentary.
Freda’s paintings are an amalgamation of vintage found-objects, such as scraps taken from antique rulers, aging books, bits of metal, old barn wood, and forgotten souvenirs combined with detailed drawings and paintings that may be a mix of handwork with some computer manipulation. Freda is an award-winning painter and illustrator producing contemporary works of commercial art. His work regularly appears in Communication Arts, American Illustration, and most recently in a book titled, “The 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide,” published by Luerzer’s Archive. Freda’s work was also shown prominently throughout a book published in 2008 by well-known animal rights activist Karen Dawn, whose column “Dawnwatch” goes out to fans across the country each week. The book, titled “Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals,” was published by Harper Collins.