|Tony was born
in a small town called Komiza. Komiza is one of the towns on the Island
of Vis. Vis is one of many islands located along the
beautiful Dalmatian coast of Croatia in the Adriatic Sea. The Adriatic
Sea is a relatively narrow body of water bordering Italy and Croatia.
Tony left Komiza in 1943 at the age of 13. He went to the town of Rodi Garganico, Italy, the home of his grandfather Antonio Bucci. In 1949, he left Italy and came to San Pedro, California. Tony served in the US Army during the Korean War.
Following his discharge from military service, he completed his
education, and received his BS in Electronics. The last 20 years
of his career were as a teacher, teaching Electronics in a trade
Tony loves nature, and from an early age raised exotic birds. In
search of birds, he has traveled to Australia, Africa, Argentina,
Peru, Mexico, Canada, and most of Europe. An avid photographer and
writer, Tony has documented his travels in articles published in
bird magazines in Italy, Croatia and USA. He is fluent in Croatian,
Italian, and English. Tony also loves sailing, and as a single-handed
sailor, with his sailboat “Stella II”, participated
in many regattas along the coasts of California and Mexico.
Over the past fifteen years
of his retirement from teaching, Tony has attended classes and workshops
in plein air painting, sharing it with his hobbies of sailing and
bird keeping. Nearly every summer, Tony goes back to his beloved Island
of Vis to paint the beautiful sceneries of the island.