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armendarizBorn in and raised in Chicago to a graphic arts family, Tony attended the American Academy of Art where he studied under renowned watercolor instructor Irving Shapiro.

Prior to graduation from the Academy, Tony began a twenty two year career in the corporate world in which he worked as an illustrator, graphic artist and web designer. In 2007 Tony left the corporate world to pursue his interests in watercolor painting and teaching.

Tony is a signature member of six national artistic societies and for the last ten years has served as the director of the Illinois Watercolor Society.

Tony has won many awards including an Artistic Project Grant from the Illinois Arts Council in 2014. Tony has also participated in many local and national juried exhibitions and has exhibited his work in many group and solo shows. He currently lives and teaches from his studio in Palatine, Illinois. His work is currently represented by the Hilliard Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri.


My paintings are portraits of timeworn structures and people in the urban landscape. Through a representational style, my intent is that the subjects convey a variety of stories told over years of life and work. By placing the viewer up close into the immediate space of the subject, I prompt them to establish a personal connection to these stories.

Through the use of high contrasts, intense sunlight, and desolate settings, a pensive mood is evoked in the work. Some of the subjects’ stories are quiet and simple, and yet some are dramatic and profound. When painting urban scenes, the aging man-made structures I depict are often decaying, but my goal is to present them with dignity.


  • Illinois Watercolor Society - Signature/Director
  • Missouri Watercolor Society - Signature
  • North East Watercolor Society - Signature
  • Pennsylvania Watercolor Society - Signature
  • Allied Artists of America - Elected Artist
  • American Artists Professional League - Fellow Maxima Cum Laude (FMCL)
  • American Watercolor Society
  • Transparent Watercolor Society of America
  • Watercolor West - Juried Member