Seventeen-year-old Arizona entrepreneur Anthony Donno is taking the welding game by storm creating art furniture using vintage pickup and car parts.
As a boy, Anthony would visit his dad's body shop wanting to learn to build something as a way to feel included and be just like "one of the boys."
When he was only twelve, he asked his dad, Chris Dono, to teach him to weld, but his dad's schedule was pretty full. After some basic instruction, Chris gave Anthony some scrap metal to practice with, along with the message, "See what you can come up with." He took the challenge head-on!
Anthony developed a love of history and antiques, and drew ideas from his grandfather, dad, and brother. Their combined interest in vintage automobiles inspired Anthony to enhance rather than change. Many of his exclusive creations feature original pinstriping and rusted areas that are preserved with clear coat finishes.
The young artist's work started to gain recognition from family and friends, word of mouth, and social media. All helped to expand his horizons. The notoriety that has come from his work has gained the attention of celebrities such as:
Rick and Kelly Dale from the show "Rick's Restoration"
Horny Mike and Rolli from the show "Counting Cars"
Dale Kindig and Kevin Schiele from the show "Bitchin' Rides"
Actors Robert DiNiro and Jack Nicholson
Anthony's unique creations are exhibited and available at Xanadu Gallery, located in the Scottsdale, Arizona, Old Town Arts District, and are now in numerous private art collections around the country.