Tino Petronzio born in Bronx, New York of Italian decent, studied art at the state University of New York and the Art students League in Manhattan. He studied with the renowned anatomist Dr. Beverley Hale, [student of George Bridgman], the prolific painter and draftsman Vincent Capraro, the famous Armenian sculptor Koran Dar Harootian, Raymond Puccinelli of San Francisco, and also with the great Florentine painter Pietro Annigoni. Accumulating precious knowledge from the Academies of Fine arts in Florence and Venice to the foundries of Pietra Santa, he also traveled and studied at the Rijksmuseum in Holland. Tino emigrated to Canada in 1969, and passed 12 years in Cape Breton where he founded his sculpture studio and Nova Scotia's first bronze art foundry. He relocated to Montreal in 1987.
Tino's work spanning 40 yrs. is represented in private collections around the globe, USA., Canada, Italy, France, Germany, South America, Japan and India. He has been featured in noted magazines such as American Art Collector, Boston Globe, Holiday Magazine, the Napa Observer, San Francisco Cuisine, Sculpture Magazine [Washington DC] La Press Montreal, The Montreal Gazette, Le Journal de Montreal, Premiere Edition, The McGill News, The University of Montreal Museum Collection of Digital Objects, Ben Viver and El Tiempo in South America, Sports Illustrated U.S.A., and the trendy Angeleno out of Hollywood. CA.
While his work is primarily figurative, it is not hyper-realism. It gives a wide range of expressive gesture and freedom, which suggest a pastiche that is always, dramatic, provocative and contemporary! His works cover a wide range of media, from drawings and ink washes to bronze sculptures for the parlor, to the monumental tigers of the Detriot tiger stadium he executed in 2000. Tino has produced sculpture for film and TV, [CINAR] 3 life size sculptures for the series [dark]. Tino is responsible for the facade restoration of the Power Corporation building in Montreal,which won the best Architecturial Restoration in Quebec 2004 and his sculpture [ Mere Terre] was voted best sculpture at the Mosaicultures exhibit 2003, standing 36 feet tall and 75 feet wide.The renowned 5 star restaurant Domaine Chandon in the Napa valley is home to a sprawling 150 foot running improvisation of grape vines in hand forged iron that Tino created in 1998. Noted actress, Neve Cambell has a life size bronze that Tino created especially for her private gardens. In Canada, the capital Ottawa, and the University of Montreal, have bronze works by his hand. He executed a monumental fountain [Head of Neptune], for park Laurier-Charlemagne in Montreal, 2005.
He sculpted a gigantic 16' dinosaur skull for the historic first HD- 3D- Imax format film [ Journey to the Center of the Earth] in 2006.
Tino sculpted several life size horses, various chinese warriors, and a 7' tall portrait of the famous asian martial arts master Jet Li as the mad emperor for the [Curse of the Dragon] third of the Mummy series in 2007.
In 2008 McGill University commissioned a lifesize bronze sculpture of noted philanthropist Sir William C. MacDonald, who donated $13 million in 1890, for the construction and modernization of Mcgill University.