Tony was the first Natural American Citizen in his family, which migrated from a refugee camp in Rome. At the age of 19, Roko went to work on the assembly line of Ford Motor Company and on his breaks, he would sketch.  Management took notice and asked if he’d like to be part of a plant beautification project to boost the workers’ morale.

Roko has since moved from factory floors to gallery walls.  His recent accomplishments include commissions for Lady Gaga, Jay Leno, and Ford’s Centennial celebration of the Assembly Line.  He has been featured in Ford’s international “Go Further” campaign and his work is in the permanent collection of Michigan’s Holocaust Memorial Center.  He was also voted “Best Fine Artist” of Detroit by HOUR Detroit Magazine and is currently working on a label project for Atwater Brewery.