Anthony Freda

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Anthony Freda is an American illustrator and painter of commercial art.

Freda's paintings are an amalgamation of vintage found objects, including scraps taken from antique rulers, aging books, bits of metal, old barn wood, and forgotten souvenirs, combined with detailed drawings and paintings that may be a mix of handwork with some computer manipulation.

His work regularly appears in Communication Arts, American Illustration, and most recently in a book titled, "The 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide," published by Luerzer's Archive.[1] Freda's work also featured prominently throughout well-known animal rights activist Karen Dawn's 2008 book, titled "Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals," published by HarperCollins.[2]

Freda's work has been featured in national ad campaigns for companies such as Converse, Mini Cooper and the Rockport Shoe Company. In 2006, Freda served as a judge for The Society of Illustrator's annual competition held in New York City. Additionally, his work has been published in several volumes of the society's annual publication, which showcases the best of American illustrations.

In 2006, The Village Voice commissioned Freda to illustrate a story about people who challenge the official 9/11 narrative; the artwork has since become part of the permanent collection of the US National September 11 Museum and Memorial in New York, NY.[3] An interview was conducted by the museum's curators as part of the acceptance process and the meeting was documented by filmmaker John Massaria.[4]

Freda is a freelance contributor to The Nation[5] and Adbusters Magazines.

In 2017, Freda's piece " Don't Tase Me, Bro." was selected to be a part of the international juried competition "Delusional" at Jonathan LeVine Projects in New Jersey.[6]

Freda currently teaches illustration as an adjunct professor at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, NY, and is a curator and owner of Star Gallery NYC.[7]

Though known primarily for his widely published political artwork, Freda is moving away from this genre to focus on teaching, curating and exploring more personal artistic endeavors.[8]


  1. ^ "200 Best Illustrators Worldwide," published by Luerzer's Archive, 2008, page 150.
  2. ^ Dawn, Karen, "Thanking the Monkey," Harper Collins 2008.
  3. ^ John Massaria (November 14, 2014), 9-11 Memorial Museum Officials Accept "Truther Art" Into Permanent Collection, archived from the original on December 15, 2021, retrieved August 22, 2018
  4. ^ "9/11 Museum Acquires Truther Art". Newsweek. January 17, 2015. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "Anthony Freda". The Nation. February 26, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "DelusionalJonathan LeVine's Search for the Next Great Artist - Jonathan Levine Projects". Jonathan Levine Projects. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "NYC! 09-11.02 American Monsters: a group exhibition at Star Gallery - KALTBLUT Magazine". KALTBLUT Magazine. January 22, 2018. Archived from the original on August 23, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "Message - Anthony Freda Official Website". Anthony Freda Official Website. Retrieved August 22, 2018.