ED MUSANTE paints animals, primarily birds, on cigar boxes to a wonderfully engaging effect. Whichever bird he chooses to paint, be it a tanager, an owl, a kestrel, or a quail, they are winsome and beautifully rendered, which when juxtaposed against the tenebrous graphics of cigar boxes leads viewers to draw their own enchanting conclusions. Each piece is an artful treasure.
Ed Musante was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He grew up primarily in San Francisco, California and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Art History. He had various stints in West Africa working for the Peace Corps in Niger and the US Public Health Service Measles and Smallpox Eradication Program in Dakar, Senegal. Following 6 months of traveling Europe in a VW van, Musante attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He also received an MFA from the University of Idaho. He has lived in Tucson, Arizona since 2012.