Within a few short years, following his decision to focus solely on his fine art career, Darryll Schiff has become internationally recognized and one of Chicago's most prominent artists. His work appears in the collections of many private collectors and in leading museums, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Norton Simon Museum in California. Darryll takes the camera well beyond its conventions. He is unique in the poetic and painterly results you see in his art.
Schiff’s immersion into the world of fine art began when he was eight years old, taking weekend classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. His formal photography education was at the Institute of Design studying under his mentor Arthur Siegel, Joseph Jachna, Gary Winograd and Aaron Siskind. The curriculum consisted of Bauhaus teaching, classical photography, but also a strong encouragement to experiment. He was one of three undergraduate students represented in the famed Student Independent Portfolio. After the Institute of Design and continuing to work on his fine art, Schiff also pursued a successful commercial photography career, including shooting assignments for Los Angeles Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, Rolling Stone, Women’s Wear Daily, Stern, Geo, Beverly Hills Magazine, Pepsi, Capitol Records, and Charles Jourdan. His list of celebrity clients include Tea Leoni, Lisa Marie Presley, Mark Harmon, Chazz Palminteri, Jason Patric, Jasmine Guy, Robin Williams, Holly Robinson Peete, Regina King and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Darryll Schiff’s work has been featured in international art fairs in Art Busan South Korea, and Bazaar Art Jakarta Indonesia. He had solo shows at Prak-sis gallery and En Foco Gallery, and more is in the works, including SCOPE Miami Beach and SCOPE New York. Recently, Schiff unveiled his massive 24x56 foot mural "Descending to Heaven" in the famous Wabash Arts Corridor of Chicago.