Tony Caprai is a painter of ten years, and has been actively involved in Boise’s artistic community since his graduation from Boise State University in 2010. In 2012 Caprai began to further his technical understanding of painting via friends at A Mind’s Eye Tattoo and muralists of Sector Seventeen and Freak Alley Gallery. Starting in 2013, Tony performed at events including Treefort Music Festival, “Modern Art” at the Modern Hotel, and numerous First Thursday events as a live muralist. In 2014, an Artist in Residence program by Boise City Department of Arts and History in a large city loft space allowed Caprai to focus on his painting for nine months while curating/hosting multiple group and solo shows.
In 2010 Caprai’s work dealt with expressive night scenes based on his surroundings in Boise. Eventually his painting began to veer towards realism, and starting in 2014 his nocturnal imagery was combined with abstraction. His 2015 farewell show in his residency space titled “Adieux” featured his first experimentations with pure abstracts and fluorescents in a reaction against working from his photographs for realistic representation. Caprai’s current work is conceptual, process driven abstraction. His paintings work with ideas of time, controlled chaos, decay, and challenge ego. His current mediums of choice are; fluorescents, charcoal, aerosol, tempura, acrylics, plant parts, insects, and craft paints on canvas panel. His new work is virtually unsellable due to lack of archival qualities, very difficult to photograph due to florescent colors, impossible to make prints of also due to the color palette, and are intended to fade, crack, and decay over time.