Cannaday Chapman is an artist from Upstate New York. He attended Pratt MWP, where he majored in Communications Design. After his sophomore year at Pratt, Cannaday realized he wanted to be an illustrator. He then transferred to the School of Visual Arts, where he was awarded the Silas H. Rhodes scholarship. After receiving his BFA, Cannaday spent time working in the advertising, fashion and greeting card industries before becoming a freelance artist. Some of Cannaday’s influences are Toulouse Lautrec, David Hockney, Henri Matisse and Rene Gruau. He’s also a big fan of Japanese and American comics and animation.

Cannaday has received multiple awards and recognition for his art, including the Alvin and Norma Pimsler Award from the Society of Illustrators. He recently finished his first kid’s book about the life and childhood of the playwright, August Wilson and painted his first mural, commissioned by SPACES Gallery.

Lectures and Workshops

Society of Illustrators Professional Show Judge, Nov 2019 (NYC)
MICA Lecture and Workshop, April 2019 (Baltimore, MD)
Oberlin College Lecture, March, 2019 (Cleveland, OH)
Cleveland Institute of Art Lecture, Nov 2018 (Cleveland, OH)
SPACES Gallery Lecture, Nov 2018 (Cleveland, OH)
Pratt MWP Lecture, Nov 2018 (Utica, NY)

Selected Clients

The New Yorker
The New York Times
Scholastic Books
Harper Collins
GQ Magazine
Oprah Magazine
Rolling Stone


CAN Journal