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Meet the Artist Behind Ethnic Mermaids

Anthony Burks Sr. is a unique conceptual artist from Palm Beach County. His paintings mix colored pencils, watercolor, pen, and ink, and are characterized by his unusual choice of colors. Whether depicting birds, animals, mystical characters or people, Anthony is able to convey the intertwining of their beauty and their strength. He chooses his subjects because of what they mean to him, and he tells their stories through his combination of realistic forms, bright colors, and abstract images.

A graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Anthony has exhibited at galleries, museums, and events for over twenty years, including: the Endangered Species of Florida Exhibition at the Paul Fisher Gallery; Collaboration: African Diaspora at the Armory Art Center; juried exhibit at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens; CONTINUUM, ArtPalmBeach; Wild Things and The Mermaid Show.

He is the co-founder of ATB Fine Art Group Inc. an 28 art-based consulting firm that creates, sells, promotes and educates art of different disciplines nationally. This includes visual, performing and literary arts. Anthony has works in permanent collections including: the Cornell Museum, Broward College and the Canopy Hilton Downtown WPB.

One of the first of five fellows of the Artist Innovation Fellowship of the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, Anthony has co-curated over 40 art exhibitions throughout the last 25 years.

Anthony continues to mentor fellow artists young and old, teaching them his techniques and encouraging them to pursue their own creative talents.

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