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Sep 30 14

Don´t miss the opportunity to visit it. The show continues through October 8th by appointment only. FAA Alumni show New York City

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

The exhibition will be open  from 5:00 – 9:00 PM  until October 8th. Don’t miss the opportunity! .


601 West 26th Street, Suite 1385
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212-352-1000

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May 27 14

Congratulations to all the Florence Academy winners of the 2013-14 Art Renewal Center Salon

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

This year has been a good year for Alumni at the ARC awards! 22 paintings and one sculpture…Well done!

Here is the list and work of the winner by categories

William Bouguereau Award

$3,000 Prize
Nick Alm


Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Award and Imaginative Realism Category Winners $2,250 First Place Prize
Stephen Bauman
When I was Young
Oil on Canvas
45 x 60 inches
Chairman’s Choice Awards

$350 Chairman’s Prize
Per Elof Nilsson Ricklund
Two Sides of a Coin
Oil on Canvas
48 x 36 inches
Purchase Awards
$14,000 Purchase Prize
Teresa Oaxaca
Clamor Of The Unconscious
Oil On Canvas
55 x 44 inches
ARC Staff Awards
$100 ARC Staff Prize
Teresa Oaxaca
Late Hour
Oil On Canvas
54 x 38 inches
Nick Alm
Oil on Canvas
35,4 x 23,6 inches
Vitaliy Shtanko
Oil on Canvas
43.3 x 57.1 inches
Vitaliy Shtanko
Portrait of a girl in a poppy wreath
Oil on Canvas
24 x 33.9 inches
Carla Paine
‘I Died for Beauty”
Oil on Linen
22 x 30 inches
Teresa Oaxaca
Night Scene
Oil On Canvas
40 x 30 inches
Per Elof Nilsson Ricklund
An Uneven Struggle
Oil on Canvas
32 x 44 inches
Cornelia Hernes
Midsummer Night
Oil on Canvas
24 x 35 inches
Michael DeVore
The Burden of Knowledge
Oil on Linen
36 x 32 inches
Adrian Gottlieb
Oil on Canvas
43 x 25 inches
William Neukomm
30×32 inches
Jennifer Gennari
In the Deep
Oil on Panel
15 x 63 inches
Gala Gilan
The Quest
Oil on Canvas
35.4 x 51 inches
Teresa Oaxaca
Lillith, The Putto (Tasting Cake)
Oil On Canvas
24 x 24 inches
Maureen Hyde
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
Oil on Canvas
22 x 30 inches
Maureen Hyde
Thicker than Blood
Oil on Canvas
20 x 28 inches
Justin Hess
Endless Possibilities
Oil on Linen
32 x 76 inches
May 11 14

Alicia Ponzio Continues her Recent Success in Figurative Sculpture at The Portrait Society of America

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero
The Portrait Society of America’s prestigious International Portrait Competition has designated this year’s award winners, who will now be considered at the forefront of contemporary portraiture.

At the annual Art of the Portrait Conference, the Portrait Society of America announced the winners of its 2014 International Portrait Competition from a list of 21 finalists. Alicia Ponzio continued her recent success in figurative sculpture, winning First Place Sculpture with her bronze “In Recent Days — A Self-Portrait.”

For more information click here
Congratulations Alicia!
 Alicia Ponzio. In Recent Days.A Self-Portrait
Apr 9 14

Alumna’s success in major international portrait exhibition. Congratulations Tatyana!

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero
Work by Tatyana Kulida Shelley, has been selected from over 1,000 entries to appear alongside paintings by some of Britain’s leading portrait artists. The Royal Society of Portrait Painters hold an annual open submission exhibition in central London each year.
Graced by portraits of royalty, celebrities, academics, mothers, daughters, fathers and sons, the exhibition is a feature of the social calendar. This year about half of the work will be by eminent Members of the Society and half by emerging artists selected through the open submission. With some 200 portraits on show this is one of the largest and most comprehensive exhibitions of recent portraits in Europe.
This year’s exhibition will be on display at the Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square between 8 and 23 May 2014. The Royal Society of Portrait Painters have many prizes and awards available to exhibitors, including the £10,000 Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture and the £3,000 de Laszlo Foundation Award.
Kulida Shelley T. Rachel Holding on to joy
Mar 29 14

Read this interesting article about Angel Ramiro Sanchez, director of advance painting program in FAA

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Honoring Dan’s Papers Cover Artist: Ramiro Sanchez

While this week’s cover by Ramiro Sanchez, “Maria! Maria!” resembles a portrait, it has some similarities with the artist’s striking landscapes. In fact, many of his portraits and figurative pieces have seemed like metaphors for fields, the sky and all manner of natural surroundings. Sanchez’s work, whether images of people or crashing waves, is emotional, evoking psychological states of mind.

keep reading here….

Feb 10 14

Basilio De San Juan Guerrero wins first place at YICCA 2013 for his painting, Augury

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

YICCA, Young International Contest of Contemporary Art

Basilio De San Juan Guererro wins first place at YICCA 2013 for his painting, Augury,

“YICCA” is an ambitious project regarding transparency, comparison and research of new artistic talents. Nowadays it is becoming more and more difficult to comply with the requirements of art market, in particular – facing the challenge of competing with the constantly increasing number of newly arising artists in the contemporary art field.YICCA was founded in 2009. The decision of its foundation was taken under the great influence of new ways of making and thinking art that recently have discovered many surprising and unusual forms of art.This general confusion and rapid change of offers is without any doubt challenging and extremely exciting. The main goal of YICCA is to understand and to improve new talents that in this “beautiful chaos” are able to interpret better the upcoming art.”


Nov 5 13

Alicia Ponzio video interview at

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Enchanting interview with former FAA student Alicia Ponzio. Alicia went onto teach at the Academy for a further 3 years before returning to California where she is currently based.

watch the interview for free here

Oct 2 13

An online library of tutorials, lectures and interviews. digiQualia it’s now live!

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

digiQualia is now live!. digiQualia is an online library of tutorials, lectures and interviews, available to everyone who seeks to further their artistic understanding, be they novice or experienced.

Although digiQualia is undoubtably a very international education center, it was born in Florence, Italy, home of the Renaissance and delicious gelato. Our current headquarters are still placed in Florence, a location that gives us easy access not only to great art collections and the surrounding architecture that goes with it, but the students, teachers and artists that pilgrimage here.

Naturally, the city offers some of the best schools in regards to fine arts, like The Florence Academy of Art and the Charles H. Cecil Studios, at the same time as providing more contemporary stimulance, like at the Accademia D’Arte and Polimoda.

With such an exceptional work environment, we have the luxuary of being contantly stimulated by the work of the old masters as we keep discovering new, exciting talent. A major part of digiQualia might be dedicated to academic art, but the material is fresh.
See more at

Jun 7 13

International 2012.13 ARC Salon

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Congratulations to Nick Alm for winning the First Place Prize for Two Lovers, and to all our other graduates for their success in this year’s International Art Renewal Center Salon:


First Place Prize

Nick Alm,
Two Lovers


Finalists in the Figurative Category

Maureen Hyde,

Stephen Bauman,

Stephen Bauman,
Alone Together

Cecilia Thorell,
The Smoker

Tanvi Pathare,

Andreas Birath

Jennifer Gennari,
Something Borrowed


Finalists in the Imaginative Realism Category

Teresa Oaxaca,
The Dream of Pierrot

Gustav Sundin,

Ron A. Cheek,
Beautiful Feet


Finalists in the Still Life Category

Carla Paine,
Susan’s Shoes

Michael DeVore,
Copper Kettle with Peppers and Shallots


Chairman’s Prize

Frøydis Aarseth,
The Journey


Best Social Commentary Runner Up

Teresa Oaxaca,
La Vie En Rose


Finalists in the Sculpture Category

Cody Swanson,
Corpus of St. Joseph Cathedral

Cody Swanson,
Angel Playing a Lyre

Alicia Ponzio,
Claudia Regina Del Fiume

Lori Shorin,
Lady Lotus


Honorable Mention in Imaginative Realism Category

Joakim Ericsson,
Alone in the Wasteland – Sacrifice of the Innocents

Matthew Almy,
House of Mirth


Honorable Mention in the Sculpture

Alicia Ponzio,

Sara Stenlund,
“Go to the ant” 6-6-11

Cody Swanson,
Saint Emygdius Baptizing Polisia

May 21 13

Justin Hess is featured in American Art Collector.

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Apr 29 13

Principal Painting Instructor, Daniela Astone, has been accepted into the 2013 National Gallery BP Portrait Competition

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Congratulations to one of our Principal Painting Instructors and Resident artist, Daniela Astone, for her acceptance into the 2013 National Gallery BP portrait competition with her recent painting entitled, “Self Portrait”. The opening reception will take place on June 19th at London’s National Gallery and the exhibition will run through September 15. For more information click here

Apr 6 13

Alicia Ponzio’s portrait of Irving is a finalist in three competitions

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Alicia Ponzio’s portrait of Irving is a finalist in three competitions: the Portrait Society of America, the Society of Portrait Sculptors (London) and the Art Renewal Center International Salon.  The PSoA finalists are all posted on the Underpaintings blog:

Feb 26 13

The Alpine Fellowship. A residential prize for classical painters

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

The Alpine Fellowship is a residential programme that brings together students of classical painting with philosophers and professional painters. The aim is to foster a community with clear values, a reconnection with nature, and an ongoing dialogue with aesthetics.​

The aim of the fellowship is to: reconnect and study nature, improve craft and skills in painting, foster a dialogue in philosophy and aesthetics.​

General information

The prize is aimed at intermediate to advanced students of classical painting and aims to assist and improve their technical skills; broaden their cultural and aesthetic vision; reconnect with nature and study the natural world; foster a new community of painters with a clear purpose and vision. Prize winners will be invited to reside in the Swiss Alps for the month of September.

Prize Specifics

Up to 4 places (two of which will be chosen from the Florence Academy of Art second year student body)
Three weeks (1.09.13 – 21.09.13) free accommodation (not including meals) and studio space
Weekly readings
Weekly seminar/painting tutorial with AJ Lawson
Visiting speakers and guest painters

for more information please click here

Feb 20 13

Daniel Graves exhibits at Eleanor Ettinger Gallery, New York. March 14 – April 20

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Feb 20 13

Open Studio at FAA Sweden. March 16th

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Jan 15 13

Alan Lawson wins 3rd merit in the Portrait of America, Still Life Catergory

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Congratulations to alumnus, Alan Lawson, for being awarded 3rd merit by the Portrait Society of America in the still life category for his work, The Emptiness of things, the Fullness of Love, 40 x 40 cm, oil on linen.

Alan, who originates from the UK, studied at The Florence Academy of Art from 2008-2011.

Jan 4 13

Tanvi Pathare wins the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for Painting

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Portrait of Lone
Oil on canvas
120 x 100 cm

Portrait of Stephanie
Oil on canvas
50 x 70 cm

Self Portrait
Oil on canvas
50 x 70 cm

Jan 3 13

¨Figuratively Speaking¨. An exhibition featuring sculptures by Sara Stenlund

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Figuratively speaking is a group show
featuring sculptures by Sara Stenlund
and figurative oil paintings by some of
Sweden’s top realist painters.

Opening Saturday 12/1 at 12-17

OPENING HOURS: Wed – Fri 12 – 18, Sat – Sun 12 – 16

St Gråbrödersgatan 13, 222 22 LUND, 046-276 00 55, 0709-30 75 86
Website: , email:

Dec 11 12

Lori Shorn featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, Artists Making their Mark

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

To read the full article Click Here

Nov 16 12

Spring Landscape Workshop with Marc Dalessio at the Alpine Atelier

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Saturday 23rd March – Saturday 30th

This is an intensive landscape painting workshop with master painter Marc Dalessio. Marc is renowned as one of the world’s best landscape painters. His works hang in galleries and private collections round the world. This course will be based out of a typical swiss chalet.  The surrounding area is replete withwaterfalls,meadows with cows, and snowy peaks.  1500chf everything included (painting materials, food, accommodation, local transportation)

Nov 16 12

Alan Lawson is interviewed for the blog, Drawn in Black

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

To read more click in the following link

Nov 14 12


by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

FAA Alumni Jordan Sokol, Peter Van Dyck, Carolyn Pyfrom, Leo Mancini-Hresko and Ben Fenske are part of the group exhibition, CONVERGE

November 15-27, 2012
Opening Reception, November 15
25 Central Park West at 62nd St.
New York


Nov 7 12

Florence Academy Students win top awards from the 12th Annual Art Renewal Center Scholarship competition

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Bayasgalan Batmagnai, First Place, $ 3,500.00
Tanvi Pathare, Second Place, $ 1,800.00
Ione Hunter Gordon, Third Place, $ 1,000.00
Kresten Smedemark, First Place, $ 3,500.00 (won while attending another atelier, but Kresten is now at the FAA in Sculpture!)

For full details, click here (

Bayasgalan Batmagnai

Tanvi Pathare

Ione Hunter Gordon

May 11 12

Sixth Alumni Exhibition Prize Winners

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Best in Show – First Prize – $ 5,000.00
Eran Webber, Synopsis

Second Prize – $ 3,000.00
Stephen Bauman, The Violinist

Third Prize – $ 2,000.00
Tanvi Pathare, Portrait of Stephanie

Honorable Mention

Hywel Pratley, The Paraphanalia of Unseen Change

Carla Paine, My Father’s Hat

Toby Wright, Rooftops

Alumni Choice

Zacariah Kramer, Sower

Hege Haugen, Moist

Matthew Almy, The House of Mirth

President’s Prize

Richard Greathouse, Anne-Marie


Mar 1 12

New work by Alicia Ponzio, The Lingering Shadows

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Dec 19 11

Florence Academy Students win top awards from the 11th Annual Art Renewal Center Scholarship competition

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero



Richard Greathouse, First Place, $ 4,000.00
Terra Chapman and Dana Zaltzman, Second Place, $ 2,400.00 respectively
Tanvi Pathare and Sarah Gibson, Third Place, $ 1,400.00

For full details, click here

Dec 16 11

Roland Muntoiu, show

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Graduate Roland Muntoiu will show some work, mostly projects from his time at the FAA, at Sveaplan 29, Gothenburg Saturday December 17.

Oct 13 11

Farewell to Leo Mancini-Hresko

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by Alan Lawson

With over a decade of outstanding service to The Florence Academy of Art, Leo Mancini-Hresko, director of drawing in the sculpture department and head of materials, leaves us for Boston.

As Leo moves on to focus on his flourishing painting career it is with sadness but also admiration that the FAA family bid him farewell. As I planned this brief tribute I spoke to some of his colleagues and students and amongst the comments were, ‘Leo the charismatic teacher, Leo the voracious and pioneering painter, Leo the bon viveur, the funny guy, and the man with time for anyone and everyone.’

I met Leo shortly after moving to Florence and I was struck by his bold painting, his unique style, his love of colour, and his willingness to share his knowledge. It would not be hyperbole to say that you can call Leo at any time to ask him about painting materials or techniques, and needless to say generations of FAA students have profited from his generosity and knowledge.

It’s impossible to do justice to someone’s past, present and important future career in such a short space, so I won’t attempt it. However I will give you one quote of Leo’s that offers something of an insight into his artistic vision. When I asked him about his paintings he said this:

‘Many of the painters I like are for that ‘illusion’ quality…impastos and glazes, using the paint itself, not just trying to paint an image, sculpting with the paint, dragging the brush back into it. Not slavishly painted detail but ‘suggestion’, ‘impression’. Tony Bennett had a good one, he told me, “You have to respect your audience. If you explain everything to them, if you don’t trust them to figure it out, that’s not respecting the viewer”’

It is with great respect that everyone at the FAA wishes Leo, and his fiancée Elpida, not adieu but a very fond au revoir.

To see more of Leo’s work, click on the link below:

Alumni Gallery in Florence Academy website

Painting by Leo Mancini-Hresko

Portrait of Guido, Oil on canvas, 2011

Snowy Landscape, Oil on canvas, 2011

Jul 24 11

Alicia Ponzio and Teresa Oaxaca featured in American Art Collector Magazine

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Check out the August issue of American Art Collector Magazine! The article, titled ‘Beyond a Likeness’, features alumnae and former instructors Alicia Ponzio and Teresa Oaxaca, who were both honored at this years Portrait Society of America’s portrait competition. The artists speak about what qualities they strive to create in a portrait! Click on the images to read the article

Jun 29 11

Jordan Sokol exhibits at Arcadia Gallery

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Jordan Sokol exhibits at Arcadia Fine Arts as part of the New Faces of Realism show through July 3. Check out the gallery’s website here and blog here.

Jun 8 11

Alicia Ponzio and Valentina Zlatarova, have been selected by the prestigious ‘Society for Portrait Sculptors’

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Congratulations to two of our alumnae, Alicia Ponzio and Valentina Zlatarova, who have been selected by the prestigious ‘Society for Portrait Sculptors’, in London, to participate in their annual juried competition, called ‘FACES 2011’.

The Open Exhibition is the only forum for contemporary portrait sculpture and consists of about 70 sculptures of which approximately one third are chosen from open submission from non-members. It is held each year in May at The Gallery in Cork Street, London.

Valentina Zlatarova received the Tiranti prize for the second time. The Tiranti Prize is awarded to the best work from a young portrait sculptor of 30 years old or under. Here is the sculpture that were selected. Valentina previously won the prize in 2008.

Here are the two sculptures by Alicia Ponzio that were selected for participation,

This is the website of the Society for Portrait Sculptors.

May 25 11

Angel Ramiro Sanchez ‘Realtà di Due Mondi’ (Reality of Two Worlds)

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Angel Ramiro Sanchez, our painting program Director, will be having a one-man exhibition at ‘the pretigious Fondazione Stelline’ in Milan, from June 10-July 2, 2011.
The show, which will be Ramiro’s most important solo show in Italy to date, will include 31 works that chronicle his career with particular attention to his more recent work from the last year.
This exhibition of paintings by Angel Ramiro Sanchez has been organized by the Fondazione Stelline, the Embassy of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the Holy See and Consulate General of Venezuela in Milan, with the patronage of the Comune di Milano and the Concilio Europeo dell’Arte in recognition of this young master’s unique perspective on two worlds: his
native Venezuela, and the land where he lives and works, Italy.

“As this fascinating show reveals, the two worlds of Ramiro: Realtà di due mondi are the lands of his origins and formation, Venezuela and Italy. But they are also the pictorial worlds of visual reality, rendered by the brush as few other painters can, and the invisible reality of the spirit. Whatever theme he chooses, Ramiro is an artist who never ceases to look inside himself and indeed look reality in the face.”
John T. Spike
College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia 8 May 2011

After many smaller exhibitions, this present show at the Fondazione Stelline is the first important monographic exhibition of his work in Italy. Some thirty paintings and drawings from all phases of his career are included with an emphasis on his most recent work of 2010 and 2011.

May 18 11

Melissa Franklin ‘On the Terrace Loved by Picasso and Rodin’

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

FAA Alumn, Melissa Franklin, exhibits 20 paintings in Venice at ‘Il Paradiso’, an exhibition space on the terrace of the restaurant, ‘Paradiso’, made famous by artists such as Klimt, Rodin, Picasso and Warhol. The show will run until May 20, 2011.