It's a life statement, not just art. With pleasure, Antonio Raimo Galleries presents its larger-than-life mural. With the outside of the building as the canvas, the mural measures 120-feet long and 20-feet high. The traffic stopping trompe l'oeil painting transforms a tan brick wall into an Italian arcade alive with people enjoying antique paintings, prints, maps, globes, and books -- a glimpse of all that is offered inside the galleries. The painted pediment over the door welcomes you to also "Live What You Love."
It is evident to visitors that these are words not taken lightly by Antonio Raimo or his staff. Paramount is the welcoming feeling given to each guest. An inviting atmosphere is palpable and emanates from a sheer sense of joy in living what you love.
Raimo grew up in an Italian household in White Plains, New York, filled with beautiful works of art. His love for books started as a young child reading aloud from Little Golden Books to his mother. He departed from his father's restaurant business to study librarianship in rare books. For 13 years he was the director of a university library. Raimo, a self-proclaimed anti-bureaucrat, set forth 25 years ago on his own as an antiquarian book dealer, exhibiting at major book fairs all over the world, selling a diversity of rare and unusual material, and becoming a member of the prestigious American Antiquarian Booksellers of America and International League of American Booksellers. Raimo, a Ben Franklin look-alike, is exuberant in his passion for books, art, and learning, and in sharing his love with his customers.
More than thirteen years ago, Raimo settled in Atlanta with the vision of opening a series of connected galleries to create the kind of expansive space atypical of most small art galleries and unlike the confining, over stuffed antiquarian bookshops.
Antonio Raimo Galleries now has 22,000 square feet. Each room and corridor is displayed from floor to ceiling with thousands of prints, books, paintings, and maps so visitors can view a vast amount of material in a short time span instead of digging through piles and bins. Antonio Raimo Galleries is unique in this style of presentation which makes it easier for guests to view material, and for the galleries to continually change its exhibitions.
Complementing the artwork is the very extensive custom framing service with over 750 moldings in stock and a turn around time of 24-hours or less. The Galleries also has the largest and finest selection of 22-kt gold moldings in the Southeast. Special finishes on moldings, restorations of frames, and mirror fabrication are all a part of framing services. For clients who cannot visit the Galleries we also offer long distance framing service with a turn around time of 48 hours.