Gerard Tonti - Art and Street Murals
Gerard Tonti

Gerard Tonti

Pittsburgh, PA

"I use the natural pigments found in coffees and teas to create art."
I am an interdisciplinary artist with a background in public art, fine art and animation. For the past ten years I have been working to turn the organic pigments found in coffee beans and tea leaves into an actual painting medium. Painting with coffee and tea is a very complicated process. I began using simple washes, treating the stains as a water medium on watercolor paper. As the art progressed, I wanted to challenge myself and continue to experiment with various types of teas in order to achieve a wide range of color and tone. This all led to a completely new chemical process of creating paint from these natural stains through years of research, chemistry and trial and error experiments.

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