Toni Miraldi

Hi, I'm Toni.
I am an artist, designer, and muralist, and owner of Mural Envy.

Mural Artist Toni Miraldi

Bio

Though I currently make my home in the forested community of Newtown, CT, my background experiences extend far beyond New England. I have lived in ten states and visited an additional 38 states and a dozen countries. An insatiable wanderlust and need to experience all the grandeur of the world influence my art. My diverse interests have also led me down various professional paths. I studied history, art and literature at Wheaton College, where I earned a BA in history. I then received further studio art instruction at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, while simultaneously working in the interior design industry. Later I left a career in e-commerce operations and graphic design to pursue art and mural painting full-time, launching my company, Mural Envy in January, 2016. Since re-entering the art world, I have exhibited in two solo shows and one group show organized by the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut. My murals, paintings and prints can be found in private and commercial collections across the United States and in the UK.

Artist Statement

As an artist, designer and muralist, my mission is to transform overlooked spaces into areas of interest, inspiration and beauty. I am motivated by the belief that since we are subtly influenced by our environs, we should surround ourselves and our communities with small positive messages–through art, nature, architecture or kind words–to help combat feelings of suspicion, fear and despair.

Most of my artistic inspiration comes from the natural world. I love the balance of opposing forces found in nature: fragile and strong, beautiful and gruesome, independent from human influence and also sculpted by it. Timeless yet disappearing rapidly. I hope to remind viewers of the beauty around us that we are often too distracted to notice.

Stylistically, my background in graphic design and interior design are the filters through which I approach my subjects. The skills I honed in my professional life–attention to detail, efficiency, and economy–now influence my art. When I begin planning a new work, I start with something familiar and put it through a series of refinements until it is reduced to a collection of simplified shapes and colors. The resulting image is a stylization of the original, a different but recognizable form, which allows viewers to approach the familiar in a fresh way.

C.V.

Murals and Paintings in Commercial Spaces
Hodge Insurance Agency, 283 Main St, Danbury, CT
Hancock Hall Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 31 Staples St, Danbury, CT
The Pleasantville Diner, 10 Memorial Plaza, Pleasantville, NY
Merryhill Child Care Center, 49 Queen St, Newtown, CT

Murals in Public Spaces
Post Office Walk, Danbury, CT
Cyrenius H Booth Library, 25 Main St, Newtown, CT

Murals, Paintings and Prints in Private Collections
Across the United States and in the UK

Recent Exhibits
July-September 2018: Accessible Art Project solo exhibition, City Hall, Danbury, CT
July-August 2017: Accessible Art Project solo exhibition, Hancock Hall, Danbury, CT
May-August 2017: EndWorks group exhibition, @287 Gallery, Danbury, CT
February-March 2017: Accessible Art Project solo exhibition, Hodge Insurance Agency, Danbury, CT

Background

1992-1996: BA in History, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
1997-2001: Worked in the Interior Design industry, Richmond, VA
1998-2002: Studied Studio Art, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts
2001-2003: Studio Assistant for Brazier Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
2003: Started a family
2005-2016: Free-lance small business operations and e-commerce development
2016-present: Artist and owner of Mural Envy