LA Harbor International Film Festival
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Tony Podue | www.poduestudio.com
Tony Podue is a 3rd generation San Pedrian and second generation San
Pedro artist. Tony is the grandson of Anton Podue, who came to San Pedro
in the early 1900’s as a immigrant Slav commercial fisherman, who became
one of the founders of the Fisherman’s Co-Op and served as its’
president in 1934, 1935, and 1943, and who captained the Johnnie Boy and
docked in boat in “The Slip” for more the 3 decades; son of Nick Podue
who worked as an Marine Clerk and served the ILWU for more than 41
years, became a emerging artist in his early-thirties and was a member
and served as the vice president of the San Pedro Art Association for
more than 15 years.
Art has always been a part of Tony’s life, as he used to sit and watch
his father paint the scenic and spectacular images of the San Pedro and
its’ harbor. Tony painted his first oil painting on canvas at the age of
six, as his father provide inspiration, canvas, paint and brushes.
Although Tony has worked in virtually every medium, he prefers to paint
in oils and acrylics because of the vibrant colors and infinite pallets.
Although the demands of life had made it difficult to find the time to
devote to art in the past, the desire to paint has always remained
strong. Back in 1999 and before his passing, his father provided a
membership to the San Pedro Art Association to Tony for his birthday,
and this provided the incentive he needed to propel his evident
obsession to art that he enjoys and loves today. Since 2000, Tony has
been the recipient of more than 100 art awards from competitions
throughout Southern California, was one of the featured artist’s in the
“Faces and Places” book of San Pedro published in 2005, and he is active
member of the San Pedro Art Association and Cypress Art League, achieved
Masters classification in the Huntington Beach Art League, is a two time
winner of the ‘Artist of the Year’ and serves as the President of the
Anaheim Art Association and also serves as a Vice President of the
Orange Art Association.