How to Make Street Art as Easy as Painting

The artist who first captured the hearts of New York’s street-art scene with a surrealist painting of a baby on the sidewalk, and the first to turn an abstract and surrealistic image into a work of art, has died.

He was 89.

Mr. Anthony J. Gatto, a native of Long Island, Queens, had been a sculptor since the 1940s.

He died Sunday of complications of lung cancer, the city’s health department said.

Born in 1934 in Queens, he was a gifted painter and artist who was well known for his use of geometric and surrealist techniques.

He lived in New York and later in his hometown of Staten Island.

He painted murals in the 1980s and 90s, and has also been known to decorate the walls of a couple of apartment buildings in Queens.

In his early career, he painted murils in Queens neighborhoods such as the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, which he said is the most dangerous of his projects, and then in Manhattan, where he lived for many years.

His first murals appeared in a New York City art gallery in 1935, according to a website called New York Times Street Art.

His next project was an elaborate, abstract mural of an American flag with a baby wrapped in a white towel in a street in Brooklyn, which became a national sensation, including in the pages of Time magazine.

In 1964, he began painting the murals at a Brooklyn apartment building that is now the New York Public Library, in the building where he died.

In the years since, he had painted hundreds of murals there, but this was the first one he painted in the United States, according the New Yorker.

He was known for creating a variety of street art projects in his neighborhood, from the small, colorful murals of a few women, children and the elderly, to the more complex, abstract ones, which have featured a variety, including an elaborate mural of a woman in a bathtub.

The artist was born Anthony J., which is the nickname he gave himself when he lived in the Bronx, the New Jersey native said in a 1996 interview.

He said he learned to paint from his grandfather, a retired sculptor.

His paintings were typically made with a large brush, a watercolor pencil and a palette, he said.

The most recent ones, he explained, were made by hand, using a digital drawing program.

In an interview in 2016, he told The Times he thought of himself as a painter who wanted to make art as simple as possible, even if he had to spend a lot of time working with a palette and watercolor.

He painted his first mural in 1963 at the height of the Vietnam War, but he didn’t complete it until 1973.

He spent most of his career painting large-scale murals, but eventually he moved to smaller, smaller-scale works and eventually expanded his artistic repertoire, the Times said.

He had his own television show, The Anthony Gatto Show, which ran on WNBC from 1982 to 2005, according a website that lists his work.

He also collaborated with New York Magazine.

The New York artist died at his home, a residence in the Lower East Side, the website said.

His family had no immediate information on his health, the Associated Press reported.

He left a wife and two sons.

He had a daughter and a son-in-law, the AP reported.

A native of Queens, Mr. Gattos family was originally from Staten Island, the borough where his grandfather was born.

He grew up in New Jersey and later lived in Manhattan.

The Associated Press writer David Zurawski in New Orleans contributed to this report.