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Robert Armetta | Classical realist painter

Armetta has studied extensively throughout the United States and Europe, at schools including Columbus College of Art and Design, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Barnstone Studios, Atelier Lack, the Florence Academy of Art, the New York Academy of Art 1998 the Water Street Atelier.
He has exhibited widely, in both solo and group exhibitions, across the United States, at venues including the National Academy of Design, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Susquehanna Museum of Art, Sotheby’s, the State University of New York at Farmingdale, St. John’s University, Messiah College, Arcadia Fine Art, John Pence Gallery, Century Gallery, and Seraphin Gallery.

Robert graduated in 2020 from the Global Awakening School of Ministry.
With his wife, Flora Armetta, he co-founded Rhema Culture, a Christian arts ministry, and recently launched a school of classical realist drawing and painting in the Harrisburg area, Academy Rhema.

Robert has received many awards, including two International Portrait Awards from the Portrait Society of America.
His paintings have appeared in numerous art magazines and journals and in several books on contemporary figurative painting, including The Figure: Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture (Rizzoli), Lessons in Classical Drawing, and Portrait Painting Atelier, which also features a painting of his on its cover.

His work can be found in the notable collections of Padma Lakshmi, Jimmy Buffett, and Nobel Laureate Dr. James Watson, among many others.
Robert is the Founder and former Director of the Long Island Academy of Fine Art and has won numerous prizes for his teaching, including the Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Arts Education from the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.
He teaches drawing, painting, composition and design, and artistic anatomy at the New York Academy of Art and divides his time between New York City and New Cumberland, PA.