son of Syrian immigrants, ANTHONY
TONEY was born in Gloversville, N.Y. in 1913. He graduated
with a BFA from Syracuse University in 1934 and during 1935-36
painted murals for Gloversville High and Junior High schools
under the WPA. 1937-38 he spent in Paris studying at the L'Academie
de la Grande Chaumiere and L'Ecole Superieur des Beaux Art.
1938 he volunteered to the Abraham
Lincoln Brigade fighting for Republican
Spain and was wounded in Gandesa. From 1942to 1946 he served
in the US Air Force in the South West Pacific receiving the
Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals with clusters.
1941 he presented his first one-man show at the Wakefield
Gallery in New York City and
had frequent solo shows at ACA Gallery on E. 57th Street in
New York City from 1949 to 1987. In 1967 and 1971 he completed
two murals for Syracuse University (see
Man and Universe
The Syracuse University
Art Collection maintains numerous oil sketches made by the
artist as preparatory studies for the mural.
his return from the South Pacific, he married playwright Edna
Greenfield. They had two daughters Anita, born in 1948 and
Adele in 1950. The family moved to Katonah, New York in 1960
moved to Katonah, New York in 1960 and established large studio
in a converted barn.
teaching mural painting under the WPA in the early 40s, Anthony
Toney spent over 40 years teaching painting at the
New School for Social Research. In 1955 he received a
Doctorate in Fine Arts and Fine Arts Education from Teacher's
College, Columbia University. In
1991, Toney received TC's Distinguished Alumni Award and in
1994 there was an exhibit of 20 of his paintings at the Macy
Gallery, which he donated to TC. He also taught painting
at the Northern Westchester Center for the Arts
between 1980 and 1996.
1986 Anthony Toney returned to Spain to be honored, together
with hundreds of other veterans of the
on the 50th Anniversary of the Spanish Civil War where the
were officially acknowledged and honored by the Spanish government
for their contribution in the defense of democracy against
fascism in Spain. The event is depicted in my painting "The
Return", presently hanging in
the office of Dr. Michael Nash, Head of New York University's
Tamiment Library, home of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives
(ALBA). Mr. Toney is portrayed at the far left wearing a red
has authored four books: 150
Masterpieces of Drawing, Creative
Painting and Drawing, Painting and Drawing and, more recently,
On Painting Realistically - A Memoir.