Adrian Tio headshot wearing mask

Adrian Tio


Art & Design



Star Store, New Bedford 347


1979University of CincinnatiMFA
1976Tyler School of Art in RomePost-Bac
1974Temple University BA




The artist was born 1951 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to parents who had emigrated from the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico. The artist has exhibited nationally as well as regionally in drawing, painting, and printmaking for nearly 40 years, and has conducted workshops on mural painting, papermaking and the book arts. Tió has received recognition for his work through exhibition awards and creative research grants from Arts Midwest/NEA, Indiana Arts Commission, Indiana State University Arts Endowment, Ohio Arts Council, New Forms Regional Grant Program, Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. Residing in the Massachusetts South Coast, Tió maintains his imprint, Hare of the Dog Press, at the Hatch Street Studios in New Bedford.

Artist's Statement

My interest in bright color, rhythmic patterning and expressive figurative imagery, combined with mixed media, including oil pastels, charcoal, conté, and acrylic washes on paper, provides a fresh interpretation to events and individuals that I have come into contact with. Ongoing studio developments in experimental techniques in printmaking, papermaking, and the book arts that include bilingual text, offer a new visual format that seeks to communicate to a broader audience. The works are hybrids; they combine allegorical elements of mainstream America with exotic Hispania.

Birds of Paradise
Island Dreams
Boca del fuego
Man and Woman - Amor
Behind my back I was in Africa, detail
El Cerro de la Estrella
Colibri Brujo, detail

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