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Anthony Velasquez’s An Odd Kind of Sympathy at Lisa Sette Gallery

Anthony Velasquez grew up surrounded by well-worn trinkets and d├ęcor in his mom’s antique shop in Avondale.

He never did well in a school setting; he recalls spending most of his time in class doodling and sketching the pictures in his textbooks, eventually dropping out of high school because he found he learned more by reading on his own.

As a young man, Velasquez was more into art, an interest born in graffiti, a common activity for kids in Avondale, he says. But when he started drawing portraits from photographs of his friends, he realized that he was pretty good.

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Published: Phoenix New Times, June 2012