Victor A. Schiro’s first experience with art at the age 6 was seeing his grandfather’s drawings covering the walls of his New York apartment. It made a lasting impression.
“I was just struck by that,” he said.
His grandfather was a Greek from Sicily and years later, Schiro went back to his village to explore his roots.
“It was just filled with artists and scholars in the lineage,” he said.
The summer he was 9, inspired by the sunsets over the mountains near his Granada Hills home, Schiro did a watercolor painting every evening.
“As far as I can remember, I was pinning up paintings in the garage and asking my friends to come look at them,” he said.
In college, Schiro planned to study commercial art to make a living.