Our Instructors


Michael Sheng

Michael is a New York based second generation painter, born in a family of artists in Shanghai, China. 

He understood at very young age that being an artist wasn't just an occupation, rather a life long commitment. His extensive experience of being both a fine artist and teaching artist enable him to truly understand a variety of artistic genres, techniques and teaching methods,  His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and art museums, including the Gallery 456, Chinese-American Arts Council, The New York State Museum, The National Arts Club, The Salmagundi Art Club, The Society of Illustrators and Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology.

In addition, Michael is the recipient of numerous awards and honors such as:

  • The Scholastic Art Award, work exhibited at the Courtyard Gallery, World Financial Center, NYC.  
  • Winner of the Seventh Congressional Art Competition, Washington D.C.                              
  • Finalist of the RSVP Annual Competition, NYC.                                                                    
  • Finalist of the Strathmore Illustration Contest, USA

Over the years, Michael has also build a career as a print designer in fashion industry, his clients included:

Greg Norman Collection, Anthropologie, Calvin Klein Girls, Hanes and Jeff Koons Studio.                                                                  

He has studied at the Outreach Program of Cooper Union, Department of Fine Arts, New York.  Abroad program of Renaissance Art at Polimoda Florence, Italy and received a Bachelor degree of Fine Arts in Illustration at Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.   


Tony YIN

Tony also grew up in an artistic household from Shanghai, China. His father was an artist, and he was a huge influence on the development of Tony’s artistic interests.  And after going through an extensive art education much of his life, he took on the career of a successful art director and designer. 

Tony was recently employed as the Art Director at Maude, an award winning advertising studio specialized in digital and print advertising. Tony worked with prominent clients such as HBO, IFC, Magnolia Films, PBS, American Express, Samuel Goldwyn Films and more.  Never forgetting his roots, Tony keeps an active painting regiment that not only is fulfilling on a personal level but also gives him an edge in the design world.

He is super excited to have the opportunity to venture into the world of  Art Education. This new found passion had not only rekindled his love for art but also sparked a new interest in teaching and mentoring. He truly believes his life long work in the creative world, wether it’s professional or personal, had prepared him for this role of an educator.  It’s not only fulfilling to see his students, young or old, thrive and improve,  their artwork is inspiring and motivating for him to improve his own artistic ability. 

Art is an ever-changing and ever-gorwing endeavor.  It had mold and shaped Tony in so many positive ways, and he can’t wait to share that knowledge and experience with the new Art Nest family.