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
When I was Young
Oil on Canvas
45 x 60 inches
$350 Chairman’s Prize
Per Elof Nilsson Ricklund
Two Sides of a Coin
Oil on Canvas
48 x 36 inches
Clamor Of The Unconscious
Oil On Canvas
55 x 44 inches
Oil On Canvas
Oil on Canvas
35,4 x 23,6 inches
Oil on Canvas
Portrait of a girl in a poppy wreath
Oil on Canvas
24 x 33.9 inches
Oil On Canvas
40 x 30 inches
An Uneven Struggle
Oil on Canvas
Oil on Canvas
24 x 35 inches
The Burden of Knowledge
Oil on Linen
36 x 32 inches
Oil on Canvas
43 x 25 inches
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.”
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….
YICCA, Young International Contest of Contemporary Art
Basilio De San Juan Guererro wins first place at YICCA 2013 for his painting, Augury, http://yicca.org/en/view/winners2013
“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.”
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
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 http://digiqualia.com/
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
Finalists in the Figurative Category
Finalists in the Imaginative Realism Category
The Dream of Pierrot
Ron A. Cheek,
Finalists in the Still Life Category
Copper Kettle with Peppers and Shallots
Best Social Commentary Runner Up
La Vie En Rose
Finalists in the Sculpture Category
Corpus of St. Joseph Cathedral
Angel Playing a Lyre
Claudia Regina Del Fiume
Honorable Mention in Imaginative Realism Category
Alone in the Wasteland – Sacrifice of the Innocents
House of Mirth
Honorable Mention in the Sculpture
“Go to the ant” 6-6-11
Saint Emygdius Baptizing Polisia
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”
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: http://underpaintings.blogspot.com/
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.
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.
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 seminar/painting tutorial with AJ Lawson
Visiting speakers and guest painters
for more information please click here
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.
Figuratively speaking is a group show
featuring sculptures by Sara Stenlund
and figurative oil paintings by some of
Sweden’s top realist painters.
at JÄGER & JANSSON Galleri
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: www.jagerjansson.se , email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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)
To read more click in the following link http://www.drawninblack.com/category/interviews/
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.
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 (http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/scholarship.php?contest=2012%20Scholarship)
Ione Hunter Gordon
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
Hywel Pratley, The Paraphanalia of Unseen Change
Carla Paine, My Father’s Hat
Toby Wright, Rooftops
Zacariah Kramer, Sower
Hege Haugen, Moist
Matthew Almy, The House of Mirth
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
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:
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
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.
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.