Tom La Padula graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA and earned his MFA from Syracuse University. For over forty years, Tom has illustrated for national and international magazines, advertising agencies, and publishing houses. At present he has moved into the genre of military aviation. His paintings of vintage warplanes are known for their dynamic compositions.
Tom is a member of the History of Illustration Project. He wrote the chapter, "Wartime Imagery and Propaganda” for the book The History of Illustration, published by Fairchild Publishing, (2019). Tom has lectured extensively on illustration history throughout the country.
He began teaching illustration at Parsons School of Design in 1984. Since 1986, Tom has taught a variety of illustration courses at Pratt Institute, where he also held the title of Illustration Coordinator.
His work is held in private collections both domestically and abroad. The artist maintains a home and studio in New Rochelle, NY.