William Graf


Class Subject:

Painting in Oils, Acrylic Painting



Bill Graf’s career started after finishing his art education from SUNY Farmingdale ADVERTISING & GRAPHIC DESIGN and Arts Student League, NYC for DRAWING AND PAINTING FINE ART.

He went on to study Old Masters Painting/Drawing in Florence, Italy at CECIL GRAVES STUDIO.

Returning, Bill embarked on a career as a NYC Art Director. Illustration became his main source of work, acquiring clients such as Doubleday Books, Thomas Nelson, Harlequin Enterprises, etc. He presently illustrates children books.

Bill taught Painting From Life at ASL NYC and is presently teaching portrait painting in oils and acrylic and drawing/painting classes at ALLI, The Atelier and Village Art Club and does illustration and fine art demonstrations. His awards cover portraiture, book cover illustrations and murals one of which is in the museum of American History in Washington DC.


Bill Graf’s teaching philosophy is that every student has the ability to create art through various forms of expression. All students are drawn to the medium that interests them whether its painting, drawing, digital, etc. The medium of choice allows them to express themselves and when they are equipped with the right tools and instruction they can succeed and excel.

Bill takes the personal approach to each of his students as he encourages them to embrace their ideas and step outside of their “comfort zones” to try new perspectives. Bill has been teaching and demonstrating for various art organizations including ALLI, having already done demonstrations for their Children’s summer art program and Art in the Park in 2016. He began teaching classes at ALLI in April of 2016 for illustration and acrylic & oil painting and has continued and currently teaching acrylic painting class on Sundays.