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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

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

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.