Tony Schillaci has been a lifelong artist. As a seventh grader, he started learning with his sister, who never stopped encouraging him to create. In the early 70s as a Vietnam Veteran, Tony used his GI Bill to pay for undergraduate courses at the American Academy of Art in Chicago.
Schillaci says, “I was fortunate to have great teachers like Bill Parks, Irving Shapiro, and Douglas Graves.”
I started my undergraduate courses at the American Academy of Art Chicago in the early 70's I was very fortunate to have teachers like Bill Parks, Irving Shapiro, and Douglas Graves. In the early eighties, I returned taking evening life classes with another great teacher Max Randt who became a good friend.
Every weekend we enjoyed traveling around the Midwest painting from life, and debating current events. With a strong interest in portrait and figure painting I enrolled in the Arts Students League under the guidance of Max Ginsberg who I labeled as a master and was grateful to have him as a teacher who taught never to stop painting and drawing keep trying to improve yourself every day, and one day, you will create a timeless masterpiece.