Tony at work on a still-life

Biographical Information:

Born: New York City, 1957

ANTHONY (TONY) RYDER is an able and energetic instructor with over thirty years experience teaching drawing and oil painting from life. His unique instructional style combines careful personal attention to each student with abundant class demonstrations. He is supportive, encouraging and generous with information. He loves to draw and paint and at the same time explain the procesess of drawing and painting to his students. 
     Tony studied for six years in New York and in France with the renowned oil painter Ted Seth Jacobs. He began his teaching career at the Art Student's League of New York and the New York Academy, and has since taught at the Gage Academy (Seattle), Studio Incamminati (Philadelphia), Water Street Atelier (New York), Studio Escalier (France), and numerous other locations. In 2007 he opened his own school, the Ryder Studio, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His book The Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing, published by Watson-Guptill, was released in 2000 and has since sold over 60,000 copies. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife and fellow artist Celeste. His work is online at:

The Ryder Studio, Santa Fe, NM
Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
Sag Harbor Fine Arts Center, Long Island, NY

Studio Escalier, Argenton-Chateau, France
Studio Incamminati, Philadelphia, PA
The Hamptons Studio of Fine Art, Riverhead, NY
Andreeva Portrait Academy, Santa Fe, NM

Gage Academy (formerly Seattle Academy of Fine Art, Academy of Realist Art)
Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Van Nuys, CA
Southgate Studio, Franklin, Tennessee 

Valdes Art Workshops, Santa Fe, NM

Artisan, School of Fine Art, NM

Armory Art Center, W. Palm Beach, FL 

BACAA, San Mateo, CA

Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center, Maui, HI

Water Street Atelier, Brooklyn, NY

Fine Arts Center, Breckenridge, TX
Art Students League, New York, NY

New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

Haynes Galleries, Thomaston, ME
Steven Boone Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Canyon Road Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Andreeva Portrait Commissions and Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
van de Griff/Claudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Valdes Art Workshops, Santa Fe, NM
Realist Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Fletcher, Santa Fe, NM
Museum of Realism, Lithuania
Ecole Albert Defois, Anjou, France
Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
Union League Club, New York, NY
New York Academy of Art, NY. NY
Art Student's League, New York, NY

Anthony Ryder’s work is in many private collections.

January 2000        The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing, Watson Guptill
September 2001   American Artist, Classical Drawing in Three Stages
Winter 2004          Journal of the Portrait Society of Atlanta, Anthony Ryder, Dedicated Realist
April 2006             Artist’s Magazine, In Peak Form
October 2008        American Art Collector, School of Light
Spring 2010          American Artist Drawing, The Ryder Studio School: Drawing on Light and Form
2010                      American Artist Studios, Studios for the Serious Pursuit of Art Education

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Painting demonstration, 2012-2013 Atelier

© Anthony Ryder 2019