Anatol Woolf showed an early gift and passion for visual art as a child in Russia. At the age of 11, he was selected from among thousands of applicants across Russia to study visual art full-time for seven years at the Special School of the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. He later completed his college studies at the equally selective St. Petersburg Institute of Theater, Music and Cinematography, where he specialized in set design. At the outset of his career, Woolf worked as a set designer for prominent Russian theaters, an illustrator for St. Petersburg Textbook Publishers, and a freelance illustrator.
Since immigrating to America in 1987, Woolf has been working as a painter, freelance illustrator, designer, and art teacher. Woolf's work incorporates a variety of media including watercolor, pen and ink, colored pencils, oil, and acrylic. He also enjoys creating three-dimensional and digital art.
Woolf’s paintings have been featured in numerous exhibitions in the United States and Europe, and his illustrations have appeared in publications such as the Washington Post, National Geographic Traveler, Policy Review, Teacher, Legal Times, Chronicles, Spider, and Cricket Magazine. He has also illustrated books for Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company and Llewellyn Publications.
Meanwhile, Woolf has been teaching visual art to students of all ages and experience levels for over 30 years. His students have ranged from preschoolers to high schoolers to adults, both in academic and individual settings. Woolf’s students appreciate that he brings rigor and profound experience to their lessons — helping them make remarkable progress as they truly learn and master foundational art techniques. At the same time, Woolf’s friendliness and approachability create a welcoming learning environment for new and experienced art students alike.