ANTHONY FREDA ILLUSTRATION
"Anthony Freda’s art is a flower in the barrel of a shotgun but a bullet in the mouth of politics. He is fearless and fierce and years from now, when we look back on this moment in history, his art will be an accurate snapshot. A picture of what we should never forget lest history repeat itself. "
"Anthony Freda is a Long Island-based artist who is equal parts editorial illustrator and visual political activist. He worked for several years in his own corporate advertising agency before quitting to focus on editorial illustration.
Freda explains, “I may have started my career pimping alcohol and cigarettes, but I have repented and now use my visual communication skills to sell ideas.” Freda creates his potent and provocative illustrations with a combination of found objects and surfaces, collage and drawing—all mixed together to great effect. Freda says that he uses art “as a tool of political activism”—he has a whole section on his website labelled “political art”—and his imagery often carries a powerful message of peace and social justice".
Freda's mainstream client list includes; Time, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, The New York Times and numerous other publications.
Many of Freda's other clients are unconventional. He has become a go-to artist for several alternative news sites and publications.
He creates a weekly political graphic for The Trends Journal, aptly called The Weekly Freda.
The Village Voice commissioned Freda to illustrate a story in 2006 about people who challenged the official 9/11 narrative. The piece he created with Dan Zollinger for The Voice is currently part of the permanent collection of the National September 11th Museum in New York. A mini-doc was made featuring my interview by the museum curators.
Freda work has also been selected to be part of international illustration competitions including The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, American Illustration, 3x3 and Print Magazine.
Mr. Freda currently is part of the adjunct faculty of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
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