Allen Figone was born 1949, raised and educated in San Jose, California. He earned an Associate of Arts degree in Commercial Art at San Jose City College, and a BA in Painting at San Jose State University.
Over the course of his life-long career as an artist, Figone has won awards in local shows through the San Francisco Bay area. His paintings have been featured in galleries throughout California, Oregon, Arizona, New Jersey and Montana. Admired by fine art connoisseurs, his work is displayed in private collections throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
Most recently Allen Figone has achieved national recognition as a finalist in “The Art of Seeing Nature”, Oakland Museum of Art, “Arts for the Parks 2005 and 2006” as a triple finalist, and 2006 through 2009 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibitions. The Grand Canyon Association purchased Figone’s painting “Drama Along Bright Angel Trail”, which was one of two paintings that were finalists in the 2008 Paint the Parks National Exhibition Top 100. Allen was also one of 66 contemporary artists selected internationally to represent Zion National Park in “A Century of Sanctuary” The Art of Zion National Park, National Exhibition. His painting “Afternoon Shadows” has been added to the permanent collection of the St. George Museum, St. George, Utah.
As an artist, Allen has taken the skills he learned doing technical illustration and combined that with what he has learned from studying the Early California Impressionists, whom he has admired and studied for years, creating a unique style of painting to shape his aesthetic vision.
“My painting philosophy is simple: to capture nature as I see her and to depict the colors and values I see as exactingly as possible. Art is about seeing, interpreting and painting the performance. .