Verona is that rare 20th Century artist. Born in Illinois and raised
in Brooklyn, New York, and traveled about the world, his art and
films reflect his astute observations.
Some critics have said he is between Hockney and Hopper. His paintings
with light, color and faces are unique and original. He has been
painting since he was two, when he put his fingers in shoe polish
and rubbed it on the wall.
While in High School, he attended the Brooklyn Museum school, which
he credits along with The School of Visual Arts for changing him
from his rebellious black leather to artistic corduroy. He painted,
sculpted, photographed and made films.
One of his photographs was given the Edward Steichen award from
the Museum of Modern Art. Five of his films have been accepted there
and in the Library of Congress.
He began his career in advertising as an art director and producer.
Eventually he became a co-creative director of Ogilvy & Mather.
He left there to direct commercials. It was on location in England
for Ford that he met John Lennon. Lennon gave him the rights to
the Beatle tune “I Feel Fine”, which Verona animated.
He and Lennon and sat coloring in the drawings. When the film was
finished John took Verona up to Columbia Records where he was offered
anyone on the label to work with. He chose Barbra Streisand.