San Francisco native, Devin Cecil-Wishing (b. 1981), first became seriously interested in art at age 13 after discovering the work of underground cartoonist R. Crumb. He Attended the San Francisco School of the Arts High School where, at age 14, he was offered his first commission. The classroom teacher noticed Devin's class "notes" were a rich assortment of well-developed doodles and cartoons. In an unusual offer, the teacher offered Devin, who was at that time failing the class, a B, if he could produce a poster for the teacher's band. A successful poster was created and Devin's art career was launched.
Devin went on to attend the California College of Arts and Crafts where he graduated with High Honors from the illustration department. It was during this time that Devin began to more seriously explore other forms and styles of art. His education helped him develop interests in 60's poster art, photo-realism, surrealism (in particular the works of Salvador Dali), wildlife art, as well as the paintings of the old masters. Following graduation, Devin traveled to Amsterdam to view works on display for the celebration of Rembrandt's 400th birthday. It was during a day trip to the Hague and viewing of Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, that Devin realized how much he was moved by traditional painting and knew that he wanted to study it further. Returning to San Francisco, Devin began studying at the Atelier School of Classical Realism in Oakland, CA where he spent three years intensely focusing on the study of color and light. At this same time, he began working as an instructor, teaching traditional drawing to low-income high school students in an after school program. He discovered that not only did he love creating art; he also had a true love for teaching. He quickly began to teach at several other Bay Area locations
Still wanting to push his own skills further, Devin applied and was accepted to study under the direction of Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier at the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York City. Devin moved to New York and began his studies in the summer of 2009.
As an illustrator, he has worked for a variety of clients including Bay Nature Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle and has exhibited his work in galleries across the country. He has received numerous awards including acceptance in to the Hudson River Fellowship, first place in the Alfred Ross Prize for Excellence in Cast Drawing and third place in the prestigious Art Renewal Center's Annual Scholarship Competition. His work has been featured in the Art Renewal Center's Annual Salon multiple times as well as in American Artist Magazine, The Epoch Times and a variety of other publications, galleries and museums.
Devin currently lives in New York City where he works and teaches at the Grand Central Academy of Art.