Marcello Tarantino, a stylist and bespoke tailor, spent 48 years in Yorkville, Toronto, catering to a clientele who truly appreciated the finest elements of tailoring. His admiration for pure design and skill brought out his fascination to the art of expressing personal style. This passion carried over in his love of art compelled him to collect works of art, befriended many artists through the years and instil an appreciation of the arts to his family. Since 2011, every June he has curated an art exhibit of Italian and Italo-Canadian artists at the Joseph Carrier Gallery in Columbus Centre, in occasion of Italian Heritage Month. The opening of ArtQuarters Gallery next to his atelier, together with daughter Sandra and her husband Ross, has given him the ultimate challenge to savour a new satisfaction in life.
Sandra Tarantino received a Bachelor of Fine Arts through the Ontario College of Art and Design and Bachelor of Education at Western University. She has actively participated in the artistic community as Founder and Director of C1 art space from 2004-2011 and Co-founding Director of AWOL Gallery and Studios from 1996-2012. She is a past recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s Visual Artist Grant (2007, 2005, 2003), Exhibition Assistance Grant (2006, 2005) and Artist in Education Grant (from 2008 to 2012). Teaching all ages in a variety of media including mural creation, mixed media painting and ceramic sculpture, she currently teaches at Avenue Road Arts School and throughout GTA communities and schools with various arts organizations including VIBE Arts. Tarantino’s personal art practice incorporates elements of both painting and sculpture through shaped canvases, ceramic figurative pieces and other mixed media work, which are held in private and corporate collections across Canada, U.S.A and Europe.
Sandra Tarantino and Ross Bonfanti are partners and graduates of Ontario College of Art and Design having met in the late 1990s. Ross Bonfanti worked alongside other artists having cofounded AWOL Gallery and Studios, C1 Art Space, Propeller Gallery and Centre For Arts, Truck Stop 12 and Smut Collective.