Frøydis Aarseth

Title: Self Portrait

Artist: Frøydis Aarseth

Medium: Oil on Linen

Dimensions: 11" x 20"

Frøydis Aarseth was born in Norway in 1986. She has always known what she wanted in life and that is to live life as a figurative artist - not only to paint paintings that are beautiful to look at, but also to convey a deeper importance that will give the viewer something more than only aesthetics.

She began her studies at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy in 2006 and graduated from the academy in 2009. After this she continued her studies in Paris, France under the direction of the figurative master Odd Nerdrum. 

Growing up in a small village next to the Førde fjord in Norway has made a big impact on the themes in Frøydis's paintings. She paints still lifes, portraits and landscapes. She paints from live models and her landscapes are painted plein air.

Frøydis Aarseth is a full time artist and runs her own school of figurative art in Bergen, Norway.


Anthony Ackrill

Title: Picnic

Artist: Anthony Ackrill

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Dimensions: 30" x 48"

I attended the Florence Academy of Art from 1995-2000. While there I also became an instructor, teaching drawing, painting and anatomy. I have since returned to my home state of Florida, where I continue to live and paint while selling my paintings throughout the US in galleries.

My work continues to be mostly figure paintings and the occasional oddball still life thrown in from time to time.

Nicole Alger

Title: Talking Stick

Artist: Nicole Alger

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Dimensions: 30" x 36.5"

Nicole Alger was one of the initial students of The Florence Academy of Art (FAA) when it opened it's doors in the Fall of 1991 after having studied for two years at Studio Cecil Graves, also in Florence, Italy.  She returned to New York City in 1994, where she currently resides with her family.  

For the first ten years post school. she focused on the classical genres: landscapes, still lifes, with a particular focus on portraiture.  Her most noteworthy piece is of the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage.  The portrait is housed in the NAropa Universtiy in Bolder, CO.  The past few years, she has turned to narrative work based loosely on Native American ideals.  She continues to paint commissioned work, one of which included eleven domestic pets in a garden setting.  Her latest juried show was at the 27th Annual Women's Works Show in Woodstock, IL. 



Elena Arcangeli

Title: Blackbird

Artist: Elena Arcangeli

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Dimensions: 27.5" x 31.5"

Elena Arcangeli was born in Florence in 1972 and graduated from the high school for visual arts in 1991. In 1994 she enrolled in The Florence Academy of Art and completed the painting program in 1998. At the same time she began to work as decorative painter for private clients.

After the academic training, Elena worked to find her own style. Her search for more spontaneity in painting composition takes her to depict interiors of her living space. Pictures of her life which could tell little stories, like that of a pair of red shoes by her bed or the kitchen sink with everyday objects. Translating the traditional concept of 'still life' in an intimate experience.

Elena' s specific talent for figure drawing leads her to focus on portraits, investigating characters and on nudes of women caught many times in the privacy of their thoughts. She has participated in numerous national and international group exhibitions. In 2004 she received a grant from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, New York. She currently lives and works in Florence.


Daniela Astone

Title: Momento

Artist: Daniela Astone

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Dimensions: 31.5" x 27.5"

Daniela Astone was born in Pisa 1980. Daniela grew up in the sea-town of Porto S. Stefano in Maremma (Italy).

In 1998 after graduating from the visual arts high school of Grosseto she moved to Florence to study illustration at the International School of Comix. In 2001 she enrolled in the Florence Academy of Art and graduated in 2004.

Daniela is currently the intermediate program director of The Florence Academy of Art.


Stephen Bauman

Title: Other Voices

Artist: Stephen Bauman

Medium: Pencil on Paper

Dimensions: 29.5" x 25.5"  (framed)

Stephen Bauman was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1980. Bauman's family relocated soon after that to Miami, Florida where Stephen followed his older brother into the world of Graffitti. His early exposure to this art – the constant presence of paints and  sketchbooks in his childhood home and frequent trips to local walls and warehouses– provided the younger Bauman with a strong foundation of the basics of design and drawing. But it was the years he spent from 2003 to 2009 studying and later teaching at the Florence Academy of Art, which enabled him to make a tremendous leap as an artist. His instructors taught him to look at the human figure, to see beauty in it's proportions– to not, for example, draw the eyes and nose as distinct elements of the face, but to study the structures and anatomy of the head, to draw the "atmosphere" around the model, they taught him to see all over again.

Following his studies at the academy, he began to teach there. The principles he learned from his instructors, the classical traditions of the craft of painting, he began passing on to the next generation of painters coming to Florence in search of an artist’s training. Once graduated, Bauman continued to grow as an artist- closely examining the works of artists he most admired: Dagnan Bouveret, Jules Bastien-Lepage, and Andrew Wyeth, among others.

Stephen Bauman is represented by Hersh Fine Art in Long Island, NY, Jack Meier Gallery in Houston and Haynes Gallery in Nashville, TN and Thomaston, ME.


Andreas Birath

Title: Transfiguration

Artist: Andreas Birath

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Dimensions: 19.7" x 25.6"

Andreas Birath was born in Lidköping, Sweden in 1974. With a background in classical animation, illustration and graphic design he started his training at The Florence Academy of Art in 2002. Currently the Academic Director of The Florence Academy of Art's Swedish branch, Andreas is focusing on figurative work. His paintings are in private collections in Europe and the United States.


Robert Bodem

Title: Feline

Artist: Robert Bodem

Medium: Bronze, Edition #2 of 12

Dimensions: 30" x 20 " x 10"

I am currently the Director of the FAA sculpture program which I began in 1998, I currently reside and work in Florence, Italy. I undertook one year of study at the FAA in 1996 and completed my BFA and MFA at Boston University in 1995 and 1998.

“Nature is a great instructor and working from direct observations allows me to unlock some of her mysteries. The forms that I am able to bring to the surface should clarify my interpretation of human relationships. To copy nature is an impossibility, but to seek an understanding of particular human emotion, to attempt to clarify emotional content through silent sculptural form is. I feel it is necessary to study from life, drawing on the inspiration I receive from the subject in an attempt to make poetry of the form. Ultimately, presenting the viewer with the most essential forms expanding our knowledge and ideas of how we interrelate to one another.”



Ryan Brown

Title: Wildflowers

Artist: Ryan Brown

Medium: Oil on Linen

Dimensions: 30" x 44"

Ryan S. Brown was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He studied Illustration at Brigham Young University graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2002. While finishing his studies at BYU, Ryan became aware of the deficiencies in his University education. Because his interests were in the academic and naturalist traditions of the nineteenth century, it became necessary for him to get the foundational drawing and painting training not offered at the university. In his senior year at BYU, Ryan began studying with William Whitaker, a renowned portrait and figurative painter. Soon after this, Ryan entered the Florence Academy of Art, where he received his first taste of Academic training. The organized, intense and concise training of the Florence Academy provided Ryan with what he considers the beginning of his understanding of the craft of art. This training not only gave Ryan a deep understanding and love of drawing, but also developed in him a strong self-discipline and work ethic, as well as an insatiable appetite for learning.

After only 6 months at the academy, Ryan ran out of money and had to return to Utah. Ryan began creating works for galleries and between 2003 and 2006 he taught at BYU, UVU, and workshops at LAAFA. In January, 2007 Ryan, his wife and three kids moved back to Florence in order to finish his studies at the Florence Academy of Art. He graduated from the FAA in 2008 winning ‘Painting of the Year’.

Ryan is living and working again in Utah and has established the Center for Academic Study and Naturalist Painting (CAS). He hopes to move the CAS to Paris by 2015 and establish a larger version of the school there.

Ryan was the top award winner of the John F. and Anna Lee Stacey scholarship in 2004. He also received third place in the Art Renewal Scholarship competition in 2005. In 2006 Ryan was one of ten artists to be invited by American Artist Magazine to the Forbes Trinchera Ranch for a nine day retreat that was followed by a special article in the magazine and a showing of these select artist’s works at the Forbes Gallery in New York in March, 2007. Ryan was also accepted into the Hudson River School for Landscape in its inaugural year, which he attended in the summer of 2007. In 2007 Ryan also won Fourth Place in the Art Renewal Center Scholarship Competition. Ryan was featured in the May, 2008 issue of Southwest Art as “A Rising Artist to Watch." Ryan won the “Best Painting of the Year” at the Florence Academy of Art in 2008.


Basilio de San Juan Guerrero

Title: Auguri

Artist: Basilio De San Juan Guerrero

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Dimensions: 39" x 39"

Basilio De San Juan Guerrero graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Granada in 2001, specializing in painting. During his studies he attended workshops with Rogelio López Cuenca and was also a student in the studio of the painter Armando Pareja.

In the year 2001 his work was selected in the Descubrimiento Special-K Photo-España competition. In 2002 his photographic work was selected for the Alonso Cano Prizes exhibition at the University of Granada. In May 2003 he exhibited photographic work in the fashion Seminar for the Channel Isabel II, Madrid. In December 2004 he was awarded a Post GraduateScholarship by the Art and Contemporary Authors Foundation and moved to Chinchón.In 2005 he was awarded the AEGON INVERSION "Realism" painting scholarship. During 2006-07 he was an assistant teacher in the workshops of the painter Guillermo Muñoz Vera in the Madrid and Chinchón academies. Basilio graduated in 2012 from The Florence Academy of Art.

Since 2009 Basilio has lived and worked as an artist and at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. In 2012 he founded an online platform for the Arts.


Michael DeVore

Title: Attributes of Music

Artist: Michael DeVore

Medium: Oil on Linen

Dimensions: 30" x 20"

Michael DeVore (b. 1982) is a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He graduated from Pepperdine University in 2005 with his BA in art. Feeling that he was still lacking strong skills in painting and drawing he began looking for art schools in Italy where he had once spent a summer studying art through his college. Upon finding the Florence Academy of Art and seeing the work being produced there he instantly felt a connection with this tradition and knew he must go to Italy to learn it. After spending nearly three years in Florence and an additional year at the school’s Swedish campus Michael graduated in 2010. He was honored during this time by having one of his figure drawings added to the school’s permanent collection of student works.

Since graduating Michael married Cecilia Thorell, another artist he met at the Florence Academy. They currently live in Colorado Springs, Colorado and have a daughter, Ella, who was born in 2012.

Michael was featured as an “Artist to Watch” in Southwest Art Magazine and has had his work in various exhibitions with Oil Painters of America, The Artists Guild, The International Guild of Realism, the Greenhouse Gallery Salon, the National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society and many others. He is represented by Arts at Denver in Denver, Colorado and Greenberg Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Michael continually strives to improve his work through intensive study ofnature and by studying the work of masters past and present.


Jordi Diaz Alamà

Title: Artista que se venden, Cristina

Artist: Jordi Diaz Alamà

Medium: Mixed Technic over paper glue on wood

Dimensions: 23.6" x 19.7"

Jordi Diaz Alamà was born in Barcelona in 1986. He is a painter and drawing teacher at the School of Fine Arts, University of Barcelona, where he graduated in 2008. After completing his bachelors he received a scholarship and stayed for a year in Arauco’s Foundation with the painter Guillermo Muñoz Vera in Madrid (Spain).

After that, Jordi went to Florence (Italy) for study in the drawing and painting program at The Florence Academy Of Art.

During summer of 2010, Diaz-Alamà was studying with the painter Odd Nerdrum in Norway. In 2011 he studied with Antonio López Garcia in Ávila.

He was also a Master and doctoral student in art productions at the University of Barcelona.

Diaz Alamà was awarded first prize in"Figurative's 11" of the Foundation for the Arts and Artists in Barcelona. His "Goodbye dear Chon" was selected by BP Portrait in National Portrait Gallery in London. Honorable Mention in the 5th contest Figurative Painting and Sculpture in Figurativa's 10. He currently has works on display at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, the Caja de Avila, and in various galleries.

Diaz Alamà, is director and founder of the Barcelona Academy of Art, where he teaches traditional drawing and painting.


Simona Dolci

Title: Diana

Artist: Simona Dolci

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Dimensions: 24" x 27.5"

Simona Dolci is a painter and architect.

She achieved a doctorate in Architecture at the Florence University under Leonardo Ricci and stayed on for several years to work as an assistant professor.

In 1983 she met the Florentine painter Nerina Simi and entered her atelier. There, studying drawing and painting, she understood her vocation and talent for art. Following this, she completed her artistic education at the Studio Cecil-Graves in 1991.

She has continued painting in her studio, situated in an old monastery in the heart of Florence, carrying on her artistic research. Interested in traditional painting techniques she connects in her images the study of the past with a contemporary sensitivity.

Since 1992 she has been teaching drawing and painting skills at the Florence Academy of Art to a generation of young artists, who have been attracted by Florence’s reputation as a leading centre for the study of professional art. As Director of the Intensive Drawing Program she deeply contributed to the development of this successful school of realistic art.

Over the years she has been winning awards and  positive acclaims for her works, which are to be found in private collections in Italy, France, England, Ireland, America and Mexico.


Louise Camille Fenne

Title: Augury

Artist: Louise Camille Fenne

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Dimensions: 25" x 30"

Louise Camille Fenne was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1972. Having a Danish father and an English mother, she grew up and went to school in both Denmark and England.

Louise studied drawing in Aix-en Provence, France and at The Glyptotek, Copenhagen, before enrolling at The Florence Academy of Art in 1995, being intrigued by the possibility of studying traditional painting and drawing techniques. There she studied cast and figure drawing until moving to Amsterdam in 1997, and later Lucca , Italy, with the American painter Charles Weed, from whom she learnt the basic painting techniques necessary for exploring this medium further on her own.

Since 1990 she has shared a studio with Weed in Svendborg, Denmark, where they live with their two children. However, from August 2012- June 2013 the family has spent the school year in Florence, Italy.

She has participated in numerous group exhibitions both in Europe and in the States.

“I paint mainly portraits, still lifes and interiors. My inclination to paint is driven primarily by the desire to make a visual statement rather than an intellectual one. Therefore my subjects tend only to be the means to a greater aesthetic end. The paintings are observations made over time, in layers, that I hope finally result in a harmony, giving the painting its own life and allowing it to speak for itself.”

“I think my recent work has been greatly inspired by spending the year in Florence , Italy. Going back to the beginning, so to speak, and viewing the masterpieces of the renaissance anew with the eyes of a more experienced painter, which has consequently led to a desire to move beyond the strictly realistic.”

The artist has participated in numerous group exhibitions both in England, Ireland , and throughout Europe and the United States. She has been featured in American Art Collector in the November 2008 and April 2012 issues.


Melissa Franklin-Sanchez

Title: Double Portrait

Artists: Angel Ramiro Sanchez & Melissa Franklin Sanchez

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Dimensions: 25" x 39"

Melissa Franklin-Sanchez was born in 1984, in Warwickshire, England.

In 2002 she graduated from her humanistic studies: Art, Music, English Literature, Performing Arts and Ballet.

In 2003 she completed an intensive art foundation course at the Slade School of Art, London. She then enrolled at the Florence Academy of art, a school dedicated to the study of realistic and figurative art. She graduated with the three-year diploma in painting and was offers a 4th year of specialization. Her work is currently represented in both Europe and the USA , by Scriba, InPARADISO Gallery, Venice, Italy, Salve Art Gallery, Leipzig Germany, Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY, and Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, Texas. She is also an artist member of the Concilio Europeo dell’ Arte.

Melissa’s love of Italy, its culture, beauty and tradition will continue to be an inspiration for her life and her work.

Jennifer Gennari

Title: One Day Your Mockingbird Will Return to You

Artist: Jennifer Gennari

Medium: Oil on Linen

Dimensions: 16" x 24"

Jennifer Gennari is a classically trained figurative artist. She graduated in 2005 from Ringling College of Art and Design and in 2008 left for Florence to study at the Florence Academy of Art where she spent three years abroad studying classical realism under Daniel Graves.  After graduation in 2011, Jennifer returned to New York and is painting in her Brooklyn studio and teaches at the National Academy.

Jennifer is represented by Dacia Gallery, and Mighty Tanaka Gallery in New York City.


Kevin Gorges

Title: Imititian

Artist: Kevin Gorges

Medium: Oil on Linen

Dimensions: 16" x 12"

Kevin Gorges taught at The Florence Academy of Art from 1995 until the end of 1998. He also taught in Ireland, and currently teaches in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he resides. He is represented at the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, and the Sage Creek Gallery in Santa Fe. He has participated in numerous group shows and a few one man shows since his years in Italy.


Daniel Graves

TitleSurviving Modern Art (Self Portrait)

Artist: Daniel Graves

Medium: Oil on Linen

Dimensions: 23" x 31.5"

Daniel Graves graduated from the Maryland Art Institute in 1972, where he studied with Joseph Shepard and Frank Russell. He traveled to Florence in the 1970s in search of the techniques of those masters who inspired him most: Rembrandt, Titian, Velázquez, and also the French academic painters. There he found a personal style that fuses the richness of 19th-century Italian painting with academic draftsmanship. He continued his education at the Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Fine Art with Richard Serrin and studied under Nerina Simi, daughter of the Florentine painter, Filadelfo Simi, a student of Gérôme. In 1984, along with Charles Cecil, he opened Studio Cecil-Graves. Graves went on to found The Florence Academy of Art in 1991 to keep the tradition of great painting and sculpture alive. Today he continues to serve as the academic director of The Florence Academy of Art while maintaining a studio and career as a professional painter. &

Richard Greathouse

Title: Self Portrait with a Smile

Artist: Richard Greathouse

Medium: Oil on Linen

Dimensions: 25.6" x 19.7"

Richard Greathouse graduated from the Florence Academy in 2011, after which he completed the 4th year of advanced studies under the guidance of the head of the school, Daniel Graves. Since then he has been teaching at the school in Florence where he has also maintained his own studio. As of the summer of 2014, he has moved back to the United States to continue his career as a painter, as well as teach at the FAA's new branch in Jersey City.

Since finishing his studies, he has been focusing mainly on depicting people, in both large and small scales, with the intention of exploring different techniques as a means to better express the visual sentiments that stimulate him.


Hege Elisabeth Haugen

Title: Wading Through

Artist: Hege Elizabeth Haugen

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Dimensions: 32" x 52"

Hege Elisabeth Haugen has exhibited throughout Europe, participating in both group
and juried shows from the Haugar Vestfold Museum of Art Tonsberg, Norway - who expanded their permanent collection with a piece from her exhibition, to the 'Immortal Works' at the Hall of Art, Gothenburg, Sweden as well as the Florence Academy of Art Alumni Exhibiton at the Corsini Palace Stable, Florence, Italy. She is currently working with Galerie Michael, Los Angeles and The Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York.  

Hege Elisabeth Haugen was born in Norway in 1979. She studied with Odd Nerdrum between 1999-2001 and spend her summers at Odd Nerdrum Painters Community in Norway, Iceland and France from 1998-2008.

In 2003 she enrolled in the Florence Academy of Art, Italy and graduated in 2006, after which she became the Principle Instructor of Drawing at the newly founded Swedish branch of the Florence Academy of Art in 2007. In 2010 Hege Elisabeth was offered the position as Principle Instructor for Painting by The Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy. She currently lives and works in New York.