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Peter Graham Roi, 1959 ~ Fiery palette painter [Part 2]


















Scottish painter Peter Graham Roi has earned a reputation as one of Britain's most gifted and distinctive Modern Colourists.
For biographical notes on Peter Graham Roi see Part 1.
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Chuck Pinson, 1978 | Romantic Realism painter




Born in 1978, Chuck grew up as the middle son of three boys in the small town of King, North Carolina. Like most artists, he dabbled in art from a young age. One day, as a teen, on a short break at work, he found some kids tempera paint and used an old rag to splotch out a quick autumn lake scene.

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Giovanni Segantini ~ Italian Divisionism/Neo-Impressionism

Giovanni Segantini [1858-1899] was an Italian painter known for his large pastoral landscapes of the Alps. He was one of the most famous artists in Europe in the late 19th century, and his paintings were collected by major museums. In later life he combined a Divisionist painting style with Symbolist images of nature. He was active in Switzerland for most of his life.
Giovanni Battista Emanuele Maria Segatini [sic] was born at Arco in Trentino, which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He later changed his family name by adding another "n" after the "a". He was the second child of Agostino Segatini (1802-1866) and Margherita de Giradi (1828-1865). His older brother, Lodovico, died in a fire the year Giovanni was born. During the first seven years of his life his father, who was a tradesman, traveled extensively while looking for work. Except for a six-month period in 1864 when Agostino returned to Trentino, Segantini spent his early years with his mother, who experienced severe depression due to the death of Lodovico. These years were marked by poverty, hunger and limited education due to his mother's inability to cope.
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Emilio Longoni ~ Italian Divisionism/Neo-Impressionism

Emilio Longoni [1859-1932] was an Italian painter, known for working in the Neo-Impressionism style. He was born in Barlassina on July 9, 1859, fourth of twelve children, from Garibaldi’s volunteer and horseshoer Matteo Longoni and from tailor Luigia Meroni. Since he was a child he felt a great passion for painting. After he finished elementary school he was sent to Milan to work as a boy. From 1875-1878 he attended the Brera Academy where he received many awards.
In 1882 he met Giovanni Segantini, already his classmate in Brera, who introduced him to the brothers Alberto and Vittore Grubicy, owners of an art gallery which was active in promoting young artists. In 1886 he succeeded in renting a study in via della Stella, now via Corridoni 45. He started painting portraits and still lives for Milan aristocracy and middle class. Among his customers there was the banker Giovanni Torelli, the collector Giuseppe Treves brother of the publisher Emilio Treves, the banker Lazzaro Donati. In 1891 he took part to the first Triennale of Brera with works that made him known to the public and the critics. He developed a Divisionist style of painting.

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Vincent Xeus, 1980 ~ Figurative painter


The Art Renewal Center International Salon is one of the most significant art competitions in contemporary representational art, with over 2,200 entries from the best realistic artists in the world. 
June 6, 2014 - Vincent Xeus' paintings and drawings were chosen as Finalist in 3 distinguished categories and honored with ARC Staff Award.

Pubblicato il 27/06/14e aggiornato il

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Sir William Orpen ~ Portrait painter

Sir William Orpen [1878-1931], in full Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen was a Irish painter. He attended the Metropolitan School of Art, Dublin (1891-7), and the Slade School of Art, London (1897-9). He became a friend of Augustus John and joined the New English Art Club.. The influence of Velázquez, in particular, is apparent in such early genre subjects as The Mirror (1900; London, Tate). His bravura portrait style was probably also indebted to Manet: his Homage to Manet (1909; Manchester, C.A.G.) was a group portrait of members of the New English Art Club, including Philip Wilson Steer, Walter Richard Sickert, Dugald Sutherland MacColl and Henry Tonks, sitting beneath Manet's portrait of Eva Gonzalès (London, N.G.). Orpen was financially one of the most successful, and eventually one of the most honoured, portrait painters working in Britain in the twentieth century.

Pubblicato il 26/06/14e aggiornato il

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Pierre Auguste Renoir al Metropolitan Museum

Una presentazione delle principali opere di Pierre Auguste Renoir nelle collezioni del Metropolitan Museum of Art di New York (NY).
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Henry Herbert La Thangue | Genre painter

British painter* Henry Herbert La Thangue (1859-1929) was noted for his strong convictions and forceful personality.
In 1886, having completed his studies in Paris, he was the instigator of an abortive movement to reform the Royal Academy.
Though he did not attend the meetings held by his contemporaries which led to the foundation of the New English Art Club (NEAC), La Thangue was arguably its most controversial exhibitor.



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Daniel Sprick, 1953 | Realist Figurative painter



American painter Daniel Sprick was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and studied at the Ramon Froman School of Art, the National Academy of Design in New York City, as well as the University of Northern Colorado where he received his BA in 1978. Daniel Sprick’s life long love of drawing and technical mastery of painting began with his fascination of drawing at the age of four. Well educated in the pictorial tradition of art history, Sprick’s influences reach back to Northern European masters such as Robert Campin and Roger van de Weyden admiring their ability to render a convincing look at invisible realms and otherworldly occurrences.
Sprick effortlessly combines the archaic qualities of these early painters with elements of modern culture to create tangible yet surreal visions.

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Nick Alm ~ Figurative painter


Swedish painter Nick Alm started out as an illustrator in 1999, but changed course when he discovered the joy of painting. In 2007 he got accepted to the Florence Academy of Art to study the figure from life in the classical manner. Here he also became a teaching assistant. After graduation Nick received a scholarship to join The Hudson River Fellowship to paint landscapes. During the stay he also explored the great art museums in New York City. A big part of 2011 was spent together with Odd Nerdrum in Norway and France before moving back to Sweden.

Pubblicato il 23/06/14e aggiornato il

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Bruno Vallino, 1949 ~ Plein Air painter


Italian painter Bruno Vallino was born in Locana Canavese on 18th May 1949. He lives and works in San Germano Chisone, (TO) Italy
He lost his father while still a child and his family were compelled lo move to Pinerolo (Piedmont). Here Bruno attendees the local boarding school where he remained for nine years. "I was in third year - he says - when the painter Beretta did Vigone was called on to restore the Chapel. His art enchanted me and I spent all my spare lime watching him and dreaming. How I would like to he like that painter, I thought. The passion for air had been lit within me and when the following year there was a regional drawing competition for the elementary school l took part in it with great excitement. We were asked to illustrate an episode from the book "Cuore".

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Vangelis Rinas /Βαγγέλης Ρήνας, 1966

Vangelis Rinas is a Greek painter and sculptor having his roots in the Northeastern Aegean Sea. He was born in Samos island, but grew up in Ikaria island in 1966. His first tutor in painting was professor Vassilis Korkovelos. Studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts under Professors Dimosthenis Kokkinides (painting) and Thanassis Exarchopoulos (engravinγ).
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Phillips Collection find a mystery man under a Picasso's The Blue Room

"The Blue Room" 1901, one of Pablo Picasso's first masterpieces sits under a microscope at The Phillips Collection, on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Washington. Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath the painting. Advances in infrared imagery reveal a bow-tied man with his face resting on his hand, with three rings on his fingers. Now the question that conservators at The Phillips Collection in Washington hope to answer is simply: Who is he? It’s a mystery that’s fueling new research about the 1901 painting created early in Picasso’s career while he was working in Paris at the start of his distinctive blue period of melancholy subjects. /Evan Vucci/Associated Press/
It took years and a good bit of detective work by art experts and scientists to unveil a painting hidden underneath Pablo Picasso's 1901 masterpiece "The Blue Room".
Using infrared technology, experts at The Phillips Collection in Washington discovered a portrait of a bearded man wearing a jacket and a bow tie, his face resting on his hand, with three rings on his fingers.
Curators and conservators there have been working with a team of experts from the National Gallery of Art, Cornell University and the Winterthur Museum in Delaware to analyze the painting and try to identify the mystery man in the work.

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David Leffel, 1931 | Baroque Era style painter



David A. Leffel is a twentieth-century artist who paints in the classic Flemish /Dutch old master style, much in the manner of Rembrandt* or Chardin. His subject matter is Still Lifes, Landscapes, Portraits and figures, but the real subject of his work is the light as it gently drifts from one object to another. It pauses here, then moves on.
"Light is the concept of the painting"
- David A. Leffel.

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Hans Thoma ~ Symbolist painter






Hans Thoma (1839-1924) was a German painter. He was born in Bernau in the Black Forest, Germany. Having started life as a painter of clock-faces, he entered in 1859 the Karlsruhe academy, where he studied under Schirmer and Des Coudres. He subsequently studied and worked, with but indifferent success, in Düsseldorf, Paris, Italy, Munich and Frankfurt, until his reputation became firmly established as the result of an exhibition of some thirty of his paintings in Munich. He died in Karlsruhe in 1924 at the age of 85.

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Angel Ramiro Sanchez, 1974 ~ Figurative painter

Venezuelan painter Angel Ramiro Sanchez was born in 1974 in Maracaibo, Venezuela. At age six was accepted with full scholarship into the Instituto the Niños Cantores del Zulia, school for musically gifted children. At age fourteen he began five years of apprenticeship with the realist painter, Abdon J. Romero, an eminent specialist in murals for churches and public buildings. In 1993, a study grant from Mgr. Gustavo Ocando Yamarte, Founder the Niños Cantores, enabled him to travel to Florence, Italy, where he studied at the renowned Accademia di Belle Arti, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1997. At the same time, he was enrolled at The Florence Academy of Art,founded by painter Daniel Graves, where he received a diploma in Painting. Ramiro was appointed senior painting instructor at The Florence Academy of Art in 1997, and is currently Director of the Advanced Painting Program.
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Daniel Graves, 1949 ~ Founder/Director of The Florence Academy of Art






American painter Daniel Graves was born in Rochester, New York. Graves graduated from the Maryland Art Institute in 1972 where he studied with Joseph Shepard and Frank Russell. He continued his studies at the Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Fine Art in Florence, Italy, with Richard Serrin. Following a course of training with Richard Lack in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he taught at the Atelier Lack Studio of Fine Art. In the late 1970s, Graves returned to Florence and undertook individual study with Nerina Simi, who maintained a classical nineteenth-century studio. Ms. Simi was the daughter of the Florentine painter Filadelfo Simi, who had studied with Jean-Leon Gerome, the head of the French Academy in Paris in the 1870s.

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Antonio Sicurezza 1905-1979 | Figurative painter











Antonio Sicurezza (1905-1979) was an Italian painter representative for the contemporary figurative art of the Lazio region, Italy.
He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples, winning a scholarship as a worthy competitor among the four faculties. He obtained the diploma in painting under the guidance of the masters Carlo Siviero, Vincenzo Volpe, Vincenzo Migliaro and Paolo Vetri.
The first contact with the territory of Formia was in 1933–1934, when he was called to paint the chapel of St. Anthony in the church of Maranola. Here he met Virginia Mastrogiovanni whom he married in 1934.

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Stephen Bauman ~ Figurative painter





Stephen Bauman was raised in Miami, FL and now live and work in Florence, Italy. Hi teach painting and drawing at the Florence Academy of Art, under the direction of Daniel Graves.
Stephen Bauman began his studies at The Florence Academy of Art in 2004. To Stephen, skill in drawing is fundamental, and among the most important assets a painter can possess. In his four years as a student he worked to understand the relationship of drawing to painting in the same way his teachers at the Academy understood it. As an instructor in the Intensive Drawing Program since 2007, by teaching the principles of drawing as they were handed down to him, he feels he has learned as much as he has taught, and hopes to transmit the same to his students.
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Martin Llamedo, 1980 ~ Figurative painter






Martin Llamedo was born in Argentina, where he currently lives and paints. At a young age he studied ceramic and sculpture with Hector Alves. During his time at the university he was taught by Domingo Florio, Carlos Carmona, Alfredo Portillos, Julio Flores, Salvador Constanzo, and art theory by Castillo, Magaz, Dragosky and Laurenzi. He studied painting with Jose Marchi. Also he has assisted in seminars directed by Ennio Iommi, Juan Carlos Distfano, Gyulia Kosice, and Luis Benedit. He travels extensively to assist in seminars and conferences regarding the problematical of art.

Pubblicato il 08/06/14e aggiornato il

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Robert Henri | Ashcan School painter | Quotes /Aforismi

L'arte, se correttamente intesa, è la provincia di ogni essere umano. È semplicemente una questione di fare cose, tutte belle.
Art, when properly understood, is the province of every human being. It is simply a question of doing things, anything well.
La pennellata al momento del contatto trasporta inevitabilmente l'esatto stato d'essere dell'artista in quel preciso momento nell'arte.
The brush stroke at the moment of contact carries inevitably the exact state of being of the artist at that exact moment into the art.
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Robert Henri | Ashcan School painter [Part 2]

Robert Henri ~ Ashcan School painter [Part 1] ||| Robert Henri ~ Ashcan School painter [Part 3]

Robert Henri (1865-1929) was an American painter and teacher. He was a leading figure of the Ashcan School of American realism and an organizer of the group known as "The Eight", a loose association of artists who protested the restrictive exhibition practices of the powerful, conservative National Academy of Design. For biographical notes on Robert Henri see Part 1. For earlier works by Robert Henri see Parts 1-3 also.
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Robert Henri | Ashcan School painter | Part 1

Robert Henri ~ Ashcan School painter | Part 1 ||| Robert Henri ~ Ashcan School painter [Part 2]





Robert Henri (1865-1929) was born Robert Henry Cozad in Cincinnati, in 1865, the son of a professional gambler and businessman. In 1881 he accompanied his family to Denver. When his father was indicted for manslaughter a year later the Cozads changed their name and fled to Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 1886 Henri enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he studied under Thomas Anshutz, Thomas Hovenden and James B. Kelly. In 1888 he went to Paris and enrolled at the Académie Julian under Adolphe-William Bouguereau and Tony Robert-Fleury. During the summers he painted in Brittany and Barbizon, and visited Italy prior to being admitted to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1891.

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David Graeme Baker, 1968 ~ Figurative painter







David Graeme Baker was born in South Africa in 1968, the son of a surgeon and a very creative mother. Her talents as a crafter inspired in David the attitude that if one wants something, one can easily make it oneself. In other words, he was raised in a house that valued attention to small details and excellent work. While it’s now easy to see this in his paintings, there were no distinct signs when David was young that he would grow up and be an artist. As a child he doodled a lot, borrowed figure drawing books from the library, and loved his grade school art class however, his high school had no art program, so it took a while at university to come back around to art making.

Pubblicato il 05/06/14e aggiornato il

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Feng Chiang-Jiang / 冯长江, 1943

Feng Chiang-jiang interested in painting since his youth, he taught himself the art. After initially practicing Western painting and Chinese ink-and-wash painting, he specialized in the traditional meticulous brushwork painting with help and inspiration from the famous art historian and painter Pan Xie-zi. Pan Xie-zi also passed on his knowledge of ancient frescoes replication to Feng, which Feng was able to apply to various temples, tombs and sites such as Yung li Palace and Qing-long Temple. The experience has benefited his artistic development and style maturation.
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Gianni Strino, 1953


Italian Figurative painter Gianni Strino studied fine art at the acclaimed Naples Art Institute winning the medal for the best graduate artist in 1970. He taught art and art history until the demand for his work allowed him to become a full time artist.
In his striking portraits Strino not only captures the beauty of his sitters but also the reality of the everyday. He does not restrict his models to beautiful young women as many portraitists do.
To him the life story of an Italian grandmother, or Nonna, is to be told through the lines on her face and the faded sparkle in her eye. Her beauty is captured for all to see, not as a vision of youth and vitality but as a life full of memories and stories that we can only imagine.
The quality of Strino’s painting also sets him apart from his contemporaries. There is an ‘old master’ feeling in his work; the assured handling of line combines with a true understanding of tonal harmonies and composition, reminiscent of Renaissance portraiture of the 16th Century.
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