Anthony Accardowas born in New York City, and spent his youth in Southern Italy where he studied art and design. He holds an AAS in Art and Advertising Design, a B.Tech. in Communication Design,and an MFA in Illustration. Accardo is currently an Assistant Professor at New York City College of Technology where in addition to being a senior thesis advisor, he teaches advanced illustration and character design.
A member of the Society of Illustrators, Accardo has won several national and regional awards. He has illustrated numerous books worldwide and is perhaps best known for his work on the Nancy Drew Notebooks series.