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International Sculptors

Karen & Tony Barone


About The Artist

KAREN & TONY BARONE are a legendary artist couple working side by side creating large-scale sculpture, imaginative original paintings and captivating art videos. Working out of their Coachella Valley studio residence in the California desert their work has a global reach.

This remarkably creative husband and wife team have had their art-in-public places sculpture exhibited and acquired by cities, individuals, corporations, non profits & museums worldwide. Their art, architectural & design projects have found audiences across the US and North and South America … it has reached the art and fashion capitals of the world: Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong in the Far East. Great Britain, Sweden, Italy, France, and Germany, in Europe.

Karen & Tony Barone’s artworks are viewed by thousands of people around the world each day.

The Barones were both born in Chicago where they met, fell in love, married and morphed into a single creative art force which has achieved an extraordinary level of success: “Chicago was great … a great place be and work … and Chicago was wonderful to us! The next stop on their artistic and romantic journey took them to New York City where “it was exciting ... the right place at the right time … we earned our stripes”. Working out of their sprawling 4th floor loft, they were known as “Soho pioneers.”

A hillside studio on their horse farm in East Tennessee became their next artistic home base while they traveled to the art and fashion capitals of the world and adventured to distant and exotic countries and immersed themselves in indigenous cultures. They then headed west to California and become a powerful artistic presence disseminating art and producing one couple shows from their massive 3 story canal-side studio in LA’s Venice Beach community. Early in the new millennium, they packed up their high voltage creativity and took it to the Palm Springs Coachella Valley California desert communities where larger-than-life public art began to dominate their oeuvre.

Karen & Tony possess a formidable wit. They create mind-boggling works of art that challenge our sense of scale and spatial reality. They place us in an Alice-In-Wonderland state of disbelief and visual adventure. They believe art can be a powerful force for good and human enrichment. They support many causes to that goal.

▪ A principal public art initiative is a series of giant 6’-2” brightly colored Dalmatian puppy sculptures titled "R.HERO". The sculpture was conceived to honor Firefighters & First Responders in the wake of 9/11 ...there are now 33 “R. HERO” sculptures in various colors across the USA, Israel and El Salvador. The Barones arranged to have each of these playful puppies donated to fire stations and children’s museums, libraries and hospitals. The 1st “R. HERO” sculpture sits in the El Paseo median in front of the Palm Desert Historical Society, the cities 1st fire station.

▪ “DESERT WARREN 2”, is a 45ft wide aluminum ensemble sculpture installation consisting of nine rabbit sculptures 8ft & 9ft tall. It is currently on exhibit on Hwy 111 @ Town Center Way in Palm Desert, CA.

▪ “ANIMAL CRACKERS” consists of 2 larger-than-life, illogically positioned and brightly colored jungle creatures: a 7.5ft tall pink, ”CHERRY VANILLA GORILLA” and a 9ft long bright red “JAGUAR” w/black markings. They appear together in a pure desert landscape against a mountain backdrop located in Rancho Mirage CA on Hwy 111.

▪ ”SHELTER DOG” @ Westin Mission Hills Resort, Rancho Mirage, CA is on loan from the artists to support the resort’s extremely successful guest adoption program in conjunction with the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. The program finds forever homes for rescue/shelter dogs and has achieved over 200 adoptions. “SHELTER DOG” is a 6ft+ tall golden colored aluminum puppy sculpture standing on all fours.

▪ RECENTLY - A massive, impressive exhibition of their paintings and sculptures opened in the art mecca of Marfa, Texas at Pronghorn Marfa (Gallery).

▪ PRESENTLY - The Barone’s are immersed in multi-disciplined art projects which have become vehicles for Karen’s VIDEO PERFORMANCE ART and the couple’s PAINTINGS … the future has arrived! Videos and paintings are viewable  in the virtual museum at

▪ A Full Length Documentary Film about the couple and their art is in post production … it’s an amazing love story.

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  • Nov 14, 2024, 10:00 AM – Nov 17, 2024, 4:00 PM
    La Quinta, Civic Center, La Quinta, CA 92253, USA
    November 14, 2024 – November 17, 2024 | 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Daily La Quinta Civic Center, 78495 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, CA 92253, USA Artist Applications Open April 8 and close July 14, 2024. Register your contact details and we'll get in touch when tickets are available for sale.
  • Feb 27, 2025, 10:00 AM – Mar 02, 2025, 5:00 PM
    La Quinta, Civic Center, La Quinta, CA 92253, USA
    February 27, 2025 – March 2, 2025 | 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Daily La Quinta Civic Center, 78495 Calle Tampico, La Quinta, CA 92253, USA Artist Applications Open August 1 and close October 6, 2024 Register your contact details and we'll get in touch when tickets are available for sale.

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