Louis Torres founded Aristos in 1982. Prior to that, he taught English, and art and music appreciation, at public and private high schools in New Jersey and New York. He completed his undergraduate education at Rutgers University in 1960, majoring in psychology, with a minor in English. Following graduate work in child psychology at the University of Minnesota, he earned an M.A. in the Teaching of English at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the American Society for Aesthetics, the National Art Education Association, and the National Association of Scholars. He is co-author of What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand, and has contributed articles to the Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, the Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, and Art Education. as well as to the volume After the Avant-Gardes: Reflections on the Future of the Fine Arts. He is also a specialist in the fiction of Jack Schaefer, the author of Shane. He is at work on a new book entitled Trust Betrayed, examining the role of trustees in avant-garde incursions into traditional art museums.
Michelle Marder Kamhi has been associated with Aristos since 1984, becoming co-editor of the print version in 1992. A graduate of Barnard College, she earned an M.A. in Art History at Hunter College, C.U.N.Y., in 1970, where she took courses with the abstract sculptor Tony Smith and the art historian Leo Steinberg, among others, but concentrated on medieval and Renaissance art, writing her thesis on Piero della Francesca's Uffizi diptych. Prior to her association with Aristos, she worked as an editor for Columbia University Press. She is a member of the American Society for Aesthetics, the National Art Education Association, and the National Association of Scholars. In addition to co-authoring What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand, she has contributed articles to the Wall Street Journal, the Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, Art Education, and Arts Education Policy Review, among other publications. Her new book, Who Says That's Art? A Commonsense View of the Visual Arts, was published in 2014.