About Pacifico "Tony" Palumbo
I was born In Park Slope Brooklyn N.Y. On April 4th. 1941. I began drawing at age 3. I thought it was natural and everybody drew. I would sit at my parent's kitchen table find a piece of paper and pencil look up at our calendar and try to recreate what I saw, paintings by Michael Angelo, Da Vinci and many others.
I didn't know who they were I just liked them. I will never forget the day when my father came over my drawing took the hook we used down the docks to grab bails and destroyed the drawing I was working on. “ I never want to see you do that again. He shouted you're going to be a communist or queer. Well, I'm not a communist. I loved my father and I could never figure out what I was doing wrong. I think that was a common belief at the time.
When my Uncle bought me a set of oil paints I was in heaven. While my father was working I would paint. I kept my drawing board under my bed.
I painted until I was 27, during which time I pursued my career as an Art Director. I became a photo-retoucher at The New York Journal American News Paper at 18, attended Brooklyn Community College, then Pratt Institute for painting, then, finally, The School of Visual Arts.
My advertising career began at Ogilvy & Mather. After a year I had the good fortune of getting a great job at Wells Rich & Green where I worked for 18 years.
In 1974 my partner gave me a neon sign that said “I Heart NY” for my birthday. It was the account I was working on at that time. We both liked the sign so much that we decided to open a Neon Galley, which we did in 1978. We called it "Say It In Neon." It was located on Hudson St. in Greenwich Village. We ran the Gallery for 12 years.