Artist, Graphic Designer, Adjunct Professor, Photography, Wagner College. A packed coliseum. The Grateful Dead electric. The audience spellbound. A sugar magnolia covets a backstage pass and her jealous friend has one question:
What is Reonegro?
Reonegro. Philosopher. Court jester. Artist. Chosen by The Dead to bring the backstage pass to life. 160 original designs. Dark and playful. Vibrant and eternal. Characters as colorful as the band they celebrate. The passes thematically linked to each venue. A triptych for Vegas. Three shows. Three passes. Pieces of a puzzle that fit together. To tell a story. About a band. About a town. About a time.
When the Grateful Dead took the stage, the venue issued thousands of tickets, but only a fortunate few were able to get their hands on those illustrious Backstage Pass. Antonio Reonegro was commissioned by the band to create unique artworks for the backstage passes that told the story, with each tour representing a chapter in the book. The chapters all worked around a common theme, like a unique geographical region or an adaptation of pop culture imagery. Tony went on to create 155 backstage passes for the band over a six-year period. Due to their ephemeral nature, these rarely seen mementos had all but disappeared with collectors paying large sums for actual passes. But now, this limited edition collection of work released by Reonegro, have allowed for the passes and never-before-seen designs to rise from the Dead!
Antonio Reonegro holds a BFA in Communication and Design from Pratt Institute and studied at the Passalacqua School of Illustration & Design since 1986. His many exhibits, awards and lectures include most recently the 2013 ArtExpo NY - Grateful Dead artwork; 2012 Rose from the DEAD exhibit at Wagner College; 2010 New York Historical Society - Grateful Dead Artwork Exhibition "Grateful Dead: Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society. Since 1989, Antonio has designed and created artwork for the Grateful Dead. Over 160 illustrated Backstage passes, numerous t-shirt designs, logos and sketches have been produced for the Dead.
Most notably, his iconic Grateful Dead backstage pass artwork was inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 for the backstage passes he created for their Spring Tour. The 1991 Spring Tour "Circus Train Backstage Passes" are now a part of the permanent collection.
Over the course of 25 years Antonio's clients include the Allman Brothers Band, Furthur, Joan Jett, Blues Travler, Warren Hayes, ABC television, NY Yankees, Bon Ton Potato Chips, Syfy, Fox Channel, Discover Magazine, Penguin Books, New York Container Terminal, Staten Island Film Festival, Historic Richmondtown and many others.
Antonio is a talented artist who is passionate about painting, photography, drawing, and is versed in all facets of graphic design.
He lives in Staten Island with his wife and two children.