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1954 - 2018
Anthony Montague Fage Lobar, better known as "Tony", was a Canadian artist and founder who lived much of his life in Costa Rica. He was born on May 1, 1954 in Saint Catharines, Ontario, and later moved to Montreal with his parents Franklin Fage and Rita Lobar and his brothers Gregory and Geoffrey.
Since he was little, he showed a great passion for art, which curiously developed from a very early age visiting museums, as well as experimenting and carving small pieces of wood. He studied art in Canada at the Nova Scotia Art School in the 1970s and traveled to various countries to learn about different cultures and their sculpture techniques in different materials. The carving in wood and stone, as well as the casting of metals, drew his attention.
In the 1980s, he came to Costa Rica to work for a time in an investment firm together with his father Frank and his brother Gregory, who had settled in Costa Rica a few years earlier and ironically sought to distance themselves from art, partly discouraged by some previous experiences. Later, his brother Gregory died unexpectedly and this powerfully marked the life of "Tony", who at that moment made the decision to resume his artistic dream and no longer continue with the company. This strong decision would be reaffirmed later, motivated by a country with which he ended up falling in love and from which he would never leave, where he found the inspiration and motivation he needed to resume his dream and make it come true with the foundation of Casa Fage, which began in 1990. together and with the unconditional support of his wife, Anabelle Hay López.
His career was long and fraught with effort. It included exhibitions, symposiums, and biennials in Costa Rica, Cuba, Canada, Colombia, and Mexico, as well as the creation of different monumental works that today are part of Costa Rican history and culture. All this also led him to work with a large number of national and international artists, whom he helped to materialize and make their works in bronze a reality.
"Tony" was always characterized by keeping a low profile and never had the intention of appearing, which kept him away from exhibitions, dedicating his last years to his art in a very personal way, creating different and impressive abstract works in materials such as wood, stainless steel, stone and bronze.
He passed away on February 8, 2018 in Costa Rica, leaving an invaluable legacy that lives on in the hands of his wife and children, as well as in all the works that passed through his hands, both his own and those of artists he helped and watched grow.
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