Art form(s): Mixed Media, Graffiti
CAPE Teaching Artist since 2022
Thomas Collins aka Tony “720” a local mixed media/graffiti artist from the westside of Chicago. Thomas is passionate about the world of art and empowering others to see the world through the eyes of an artist. Thomas hopes his art will empower and encourage young creatives to take up space in this world.
The hardships of living on the West Side helped Tony to develop valuable skills. With limited resources to afford expensive art supplies, Tony often turned disposed windows, doors or boards into art canvas.
Chicago artist Tony “720” Collins, 47, is a living testament of the power of art. Tony is a self-taught artist, yet his murals, identifiable by his signature 720, have adorned Chicago walls for more than 20 years. Tony’s teenage hobby turned into a lifelong career in the arts, one he has maintained while also working as a barber, and that has earned him recognition in the Chicago arts scene. Tony has painted dozens of murals throughout the city, participated in several art festivals and created work for more than five art competitions. He also created artwork for OVO, the brand owned by Drake, the world-famous hip hop artist. In 2014, he collaborated with artist Jas of Chicago to create an installation honoring Chicago music artist King Louie. He has also worked with artist such as Jose Raya, Mauricio Ramirez, and Yams.