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Oct 30 11


by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

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Oct 25 11

A poem for the FAA

by admin3

I most enjoyed
receiving your splendid
Art eye candied delights.
A chinese plum; take just one?

Decidedly most effusive
Provider of undeserved praise
Sparked from ignition
so sparse as my larks of words

Visceral phenomenon
indelible if inedible
Secret recipe of

bark of mangrove
+ eye of viper
+ piss of rhino
+ yellow dust of bee

Will the paint harden
providing color
To meaning and
meaning to color?

Poetry you say;
I say let there be words
Reflected off juggling balls
of magic or

Effortlessly emerging
from Pandora’s secret place.
I am your poet; how will the
Academy use verbal imagery?

– By James Henry Zukin

Oct 22 11

Rubens vs. Rembrandt

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

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Oct 16 11

The Tradition of Sight-Size Portraiture

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

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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

Oct 11 11

Jordan Sokol Video interview

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Insane Productions video interview, of Jordan Sokol is now available in American Painting Video Magazine in the new summer issue!. Click in here to go the web site. Here is  the trailer.


Oct 10 11

Introduction to this Year’s Lectures by Judson Monroe. 2011

by Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

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