Tony Calzetta was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1945. he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Windsor and his Master of Fine Arts from York University.
Calzetta works mainly on canvas and paper and at times in sculpture and printmaking. Tony Calzetta has developed a distinctive visual language of bold, simplified forms where colour, texture and lines that jump into a third dimension and dance to life. He has been creating works that challenge the viewer’s imagination for over thirty-five years.
Calzetta says his work is about drawing, composed of shapes and forms, that can be viewed as “abstract funnies” or “surreal cartoons,” which fit somewhere between high art and popular culture. Calzetta leaves it up to the viewer to interpret his art. He has published three major livres d’artiste, Acts of Kindness and of Love in collaboration with writer John Metcalf, and more recently 'How God Talks in His Sleep' and 'Other Fabulous Fictions and Peculiar Practices' with writer Leon Rooke.
In addition to commissioned works he is represented in public, corporate and private collections in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
In 2011, his paintings exhibited at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto were part of the Padiglione Italia at the 54 th International Venice Biennale. He was elected as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2004.
He currently lives and works in Toronto.