Tim Cantor was born north of San Francisco in the summer of 1969. In 1975, Tim Cantor’s father recognized his son's uncommon knowledge with drawing and went into his attic in search of a box of oil paints and brushes that once belonged to Tim's great grandfather. Tim immediately began painting with the same supplies that his British ancestor had made a way of life with as he traveled throughout Asia, Europe, and America nearly a century earlier. Tim’s comprehension with oils was instantly visible, and his obsession began. His first oil painting came at age five.
By age fifteen, Tim Cantor was given his first gallery exhibition where one of his paintings was acquired to hang in the White House, thereby instigating an immediate demand for his unusual talent. Throughout the following years, his paintings would travel the world with exclusive exhibitions in Athens, Tokyo, Singapore, Paris, Venice, New York, Beverly Hills and San Francisco. Creating meaningful works of art became intertwined with his survival, his desires, and his greatest affections. The majority of his time creating his paintings has been lived in the solitude and quietness of night. Thusly, his underlying concentration gained a connection to his personal senses that aided in the development of his own writing style that explains much of the profound imagery within his compositions.
While the future of his art is unknown, what can be assured is the determination that he has to his undeviating obsession; an obsession that was born into his infancy and has dwelled in his blood without end; an obsession that merged with the fondness for his bride Amy, and will forever embody that love in the painted images that exist because of her adoring bond.
Today, the diverse enthusiasts and collectors of his art comprise of people from all parts of the world. If he lives an average length life, he will likely have one of longest authentic art careers known. One could say that this mysterious artist possesses a rare combination of extraordinary talent, unpredictability, and pure artistic nature to set his name in the history books of tomorrow. Yet for now, Tim Cantor keeps far from the madding crowd, shrouded in his studio, painting every night from midnight until morning.
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