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“Tony’s certified appraisals and approach to fine art restoration are always done with true professionalism and the highest standards of the industry.” - Joseph Nolan, Nolan-Rankin Galleries

ANTONIO LORO, ACCLAIMED ART RESTORER, APPRAISER, AND CONSERVATOR, RETURNS TO THE SPRING/WOODLANDS AREA FROM HOUSTON

 

After twenty-two years in Houston’s museum district and a double knee replacement, Antonio (Tony) Loro, Ph.D., one of the country’s leading and most reputable art restorers, conservators, and appraisers, is once again making his services available in North Harris and Montgomery Counties as well as Houston.  Working from the Loro Fine Art studio in Spring, off Aldine-Westfield, Tony is serving individuals, banks, insurance companies, government agencies, churches, and other clients.

Tony is a rare individual.  A third generation art restorer, Tony’s family moved to Argentina from Italy at the end of World War II.  Although he started learning his craft in Italy at his father’s side, it was in Argentina where he began his work in earnest combining his artistic talent with years of training as a craftsman.  Over the years his work took him throughout South America, Puerto Rico, Italy and finally, the United States.   

In 1982 he brought those talents to the Houston area and opened St. Mark Fine Arts Conservation and Restoration.  Initially he was located near The Woodlands.  Later Tony and his wife Gretchen, who assists in his work, moved to Houston to a location on West Alabama.  There he grew his business and established the St. Mark Academy of Art Conservation and Science.

According to Tony, when St. Mark opened, approximately 50% of the paintings brought for cleaning, restoration, or appraisal were false art.  “Deception is not as pervasive now as it was 25 years ago,” Tony says, “but it remains a concern.”  

His restoration work, which includes artwork on canvas, paper, and wood, can be seen at many churches in downtown Houston as well as corporate and private art collections throughout Southeast Texas and other locations in the U.S. and internationally.

Tony is a certified, emeritus member of the Appraisers Association of America, whose members are known for their high ethical conduct and professionalism.  It is one of only two nationally recognized appraisal organizations.  He is also a member of the American Institute For Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and other international conservation organizations.    

A visiting professor of art at the University of Arizona at Tempe, Tony subsequently founded and directed art schools in the U.S. and the Caribbean.  Exhibitions of his personal art work have been held in North and South America, Europe, and the Caribbean, where he founded the first Museum of Fine Arts of the Caribbean.  

His many awards and medals include the Cross of Cavaliere dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, awarded by the President of the Republic of Italy for outstanding accomplishments in the field of art around the world.    

For many years his own work has been represented by the Nolan Rankin Gallery in Houston on Chelsea Boulevard.  Art is his passion and he emphasizes that “art is a celebration of the visual, and any manifestation of art will be an imprint in your soul.”