"The Sacred Heart of Jesus" by Tono Rondone. Acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20", 1997.
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"Give freely and often. Give everything of yourself to others. Even if you donít want to give, and resist this law, life will make you give, so give willingly and with great love and devotion."
Photo of the artist in 1981 in San Francisco, taken by the ghost that inhabited his Cow Hollow flat on Fillmore and California Streets
Tono V. Rondone has a magna cum laude degree in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and twenty years of professional writing experience. His work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner and various national magazines.
In addition to his fourth historical novel, The Martyrs, which was published by Pisces Books.com in 2005, Tono has written a non fiction book entitled Letters to My Children, a collection of short stories entitled The Green Eyed Monster and three other literary novels: POP! (Goes the Weasel), Hurdy Gurdy Man and tales from the tattva tower. POP wasadapted into a screenplay by the author, and he has written an original screenplay, Hi(gh) America, as well. In 2009, Tono put the finishing touches on a two volume book sized journal entitled NOLA Myths & Legends/SF Redux.
Musically, Tono was in two bands of note during the eighties in San Francisco: The Alter Boys, with the reknowned actor Richard Edson, and Frank Hymng, with Elliott Shannonhouse, Fredrick Fox, John Surrell and Mark Secosh. Frank Hymng produced a very popular album, All Eyes on You. In 1993, Tono recorded his first solo album, White Bred Off Ramp, on which he played all the instruments (guitar, bass, flute, keyboards, harmonica and drums) as well as singing and songwriting. 2002 saw Tono's second solo album, The Proper Blast, which includes four songs by the Las Vegas rockers Ghost Shirt Society, in which Tono was a founding member. Other albums by Tono include Bats in the Belfry and The Rest of Frank Hymng.
In 2008, now in Orlando, Florida, Tono began doing the coffee shop and restaurant circuit, playing his brand of acoustic folk rock to the delight of his audience.
"Jennifer's Leftovers" by Tono Rondone. 8" x 11", Acrylic on cardboard, 2004.
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