Tonia Calderon is a Mexican-Dutch-Indonesian painter and designer. She is best known for her music inspired "Black&Gold" series; paintings of icons with lyrics written through hand painted images of the icons. She is well known and respected by the top musicians and producers in the music industry today. Her work is featured at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Museum in Atlanta, Georgia and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in San Francisco, California. Her work is on display in some of the top music recording studios in the country including Interscope, Epic, and Def Jam.
As a designer and a painter she combines color, handstyles and text into geometric patterns that overlay various materials. She is known for her music inspired paintings of notable personalities with handwritten lyric overlays. Her work has simplistic structure that is both refreshing and inviting.