Anders Larson-Toich packed a great deal into life before cancer took him at age 23. He was born in New York, NY on December 27, 1984. He lived in a number of New York’s neighborhoods and absorbed much of the rich traditions that this city’s myriad of cultures have to offer. He attended private, public and parochial schools each offering a different learning experience.
He applied and was accepted to the prestigious LaGuardia High School on New York’s upper west side in their Fine Arts program. During his junior year he was diagnosed with sarcoma and began a course of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation treatments that proved debilitating enough that he had to be home schooled all of his senior year, yet, he still managed to graduate from LaGuardia.
Despite all this he continued on with his life, enjoying friends, art, music and traveling to his favorite city, London. He put together a portfolio and was accepted at The Parsons School of Design. Once again the burden of treatment proved to be too much for him to continue at Parsons. During one of his recovery periods from treatment, his cousin sent him a link to a truly unique and magical place, The Grand Central Academy of Art. He had finally found a place that was close to his artistic heart. He spoke to everybody about the school and extolled its virtues.
Unfortunately in late 2007 he was unable to continue at the academy due to the progression of his illness. In April 2008, Anders lost his long battle with cancer and passed away. His style, uniqueness and love of life will always be a continuing inspiration to us all.