Robert Armetta

Robert Armetta has studied classical art extensively in the U.S. and in Europe. He holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Art, and he is the recipient of many awards and distinctions, including two international awards for portrait painting from the Portrait Society of America and the Annual Award for Excellence in Art Education from the Lyme Academy College of Art. His work is featured in many books and magazines on contemporary art. He has also exhibited in museums, colleges, and art galleries across the United States. He is the founder and former Director of The Long Island Academy of Fine Art, and he currently teaches at the New York Academy of Art, in Manhattan.

Rami Baglio

Rami Baglio is an American artist based in Northampton, Massachusetts. She works in oil paint and assorted drawing media, exploring various forms of portraiture and perceptual drawing and painting. Observing from life as a means of understanding light, form, and movement, is integral to her work. This process serves as an access point for investigating the psychology and underlying emotional states of her subjects. The observational nature of her work aligns with mental health awareness, seeking to exemplify mindful interaction with the world. She is the recipient of numerous awards in the arts and exhibits work internationally. Rami has a comprehensive background in figure drawing and painting. She spent years studying classical drawing and painting with Studio Escalier, The New York Academy of Art, Florence Academy, The Ryder Studio, and the Art Students League of New York. She holds an MFA from The New York Academy of Art and a BA in studio art from Hampshire College.

Aidan Barker-Hill

Aidan Barker-Hill is originally from Reno, Nevada. He received his BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design in California and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. His studio practice is centered around portraiture and depictions of the human form. He currently resides in New York and teaches painting at the NYAA and is enormously thankful to have the opportunity to pass his knowledge onto students through painting classes. Barker-Hill is also a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant, an Art Renewal Center Finalist, and is represented by Arcadia Contemporary in NYC.

Melanie Berardicelli

Melanie Berardicelli is a SURP and CE Painting Professor at the New York Academy of Art. She has been an educator of the fine arts since 2014, teaching painting and drawing, life drawing, sculpture, and art history classes at Ivy League School in Smithtown and USDAN Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. 

Melanie received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting at the New York Academy of Art in May 2021 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing at SUNY New Paltz in 2017. Melanie’s artwork explores the spark felt when entering the sacred space of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the history of the Roman Martyr Catacomb Saints; her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout New York State, including The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Sotheby’s, Cryptic Gallery, Greenpoint Gallery, Upstream Gallery, The Huntington Arts Council, and The New York Academy of Art. Currently, Melanie assists artist Audrey Flack in her New York and East Hampton studio locations, creating the underpaintings and sculptures for Flack’s current Post-Pop Baroque series. Melanie is also children’s book illustrator. Her work for Augie Goes to the Library- a 48-page commemoration to the New Paltz community and the titular Border Collie- was published in 2016. 

Dennis Cheaney

Dennis W. Cheaney is a NY based artist, writer, and teacher. Dennis received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art (1998), where he was an Andy Warhol Foundation Scholar studying under the renowned artist Edward Schmidt. Additionally, he studied with Jacob Collins, Michael Grimaldi, and Ted Seth Jacobs. From 2003-2009 he was director of his own art school, New England Realist Art Center, in Boston, MA. Dennis has given intensive workshops at the Copley Society of Boston (coso), Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier (BACAA), Long Island Academy of Fine Arts (LIAFA), and the New York Academy of Art (NYAA). He also received the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant in 2001. 

Anita Clipston

Anita Clipston is a British/Canadian artist based in NYC, having earned her B.A (Hons) from Norwich School of Art and Design in the UK in Classical Animation. She then went on to work as a propmaker and set builder for Aardman Animations, as a theatre costumier and as a VFX artist for companies such as Industrial Light and Magic, Disney, & Blue Sky Studios on projects such as the Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, the Harry Potter franchise, Pacific Rim and Jurassic World. 

On returning to her traditional art roots she studied the Florence method of drawing in Canada, where she also worked as a teacher and studio assistant. After the sudden loss of her Mother she channelled her energy into her own artwork and went on to complete her MFA at the New York Academy of Art. She now is full time faculty at FIT for their Illustration and Interactive Media Dept, teaches Drawing for the School of Visual Arts for their BFA in Illustration and is a teaching assistant at the Art Students League in New York.

Adam Cross

Adam was born in West Virginia and studied under master artist Naijun Zhang at WVU and throughout China. In 2014 he earned his MFA from the New York Academy of Art and was awarded a residency to study in Giverny, France. Adam is devoted to creating relevant, modern, Christ-inspired works which have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows at the United Nations, Flowers Gallery, and Sotheby’s. 

His artwork has been published in The Wild Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, and featured in the book, The Figure: Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture. Adam has been awarded numerous private and public commissions including for the Clearing House Headquarters in Manhattan and as lead artist on a multi-year restoration, painting, and sculpture project for Our Lady of Grace Church in Brooklyn. Adam has taught at schools throughout the New York Metro area including Caldwell University and the New York Academy of Art.

Marcelo Daldoce

Marcelo Daldoce (b. 1979) is a Brazilian artist living and working in Philadelphia since 2020.

In 2016, he acquired his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. He has shown his work in Brazil, NYC, Sotheby’s, and many other international exhibitions. Daldoce’s primary medium is watercolor. For more than 20 years, he has been uniquely transforming it. His skill, style, and subjects have infused the medium with contemporary vitality.

Aliene de Souza Howell

Aliene de Souza Howell is a New York City based artist who was born and raised in Nashville, TN. Howell received her BFA from Guilford College and her MFA from the New York Academy of Art. She worked as muralist and educator with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program which significantly impacted her work. She has completed a post-graduate fellowship, was critiqued by Steve Martin, exhibited in New York City and internationally. She completed residencies in Germany and Ireland. Howell is in many esteemed collections including Naomi Watts and Leiv Schreiber, Francie Bishop Good and Howard Tullman.

Cynthia Eardley

Eardley’s figurative sculptures have been shown in museums and galleries nationwide, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of South Texas, Huntsville Museum, and Freddy, Monique Knowlton, Sally Hawkins, Ceres, and Mishkin galleries. 

Her work has been discussed The New York Times, Sculpture, The Village Voice, The Nation, Sculpture Review, ARTnews, Art Forum instagram (editor’s pick),, and, among other media. She is the former co-founder and co-director of the architecture/public arts group SITE, Inc. Her trompe-l’oeil design for Best Products (Richmond, VA) titled the “Peeling Project” was the first in a series by SITE that was reviewed and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and worldwide. The 2005 monograph SITE: Identity in Density features several examples of her early architectural work, and her Peeling Project was included in the latest edition of Taschen’s Architecture in the 20th Century. 

She currently teaches sculpture and anatomy in the MFA, CFA, and CS departments of the New York Academy of Art and has also taught at Pratt Institute, the University of the Arts, and the Newark Museum School. Eardley has participated in numerous lectures and arts conferences nationwide. Her writings on art have been published in Bomb Magazine, Women’s Caucus on Art National Update and The Brooklyn Rail.

Jake Fischer

Jake Fischer, a New York based painter born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, graduated with a Masters of Fine Art from Arizona State University (ASU) in Drawing and Painting. While at ASU he was awarded accolades including the Benjamin Wong Fie Scholarship, Eirene Peggy Lamb Scholarship, and the Gerry Grout Award. Jake previously attended the Art Students League of New York’s residency program where he received the Ruth Katzman Scholarship. 

In 2016, Jake had his first solo exhibition in New York, Between Light, at Island Weiss Gallery. He also took part in Into the Night: Contemporary Art and the Nocturne Tradition at the Tucson Museum of Art and recently mounted a solo exhibition at SMINK Inc. in Dallas, Texas. Jake paints on handmade wooden panels that he crafts using a Japanese hand-saw, and his work is conceptually driven by ideas such as awareness, cognizance, thought, and engagement. He has previously taught drawing and color theory at the Arizona State University and Mesa Community College.

Eric Fischl

Eric Fischl is an internationally acclaimed American painter and sculptor. His artwork is represented in many distinguished museums throughout the world and has been featured in over one thousand publications. His extraordinary achievements throughout his career have made him one of the most influential figurative painters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. 

Fischl was born in 1948 in New York City and grew up in the suburbs of Long Island. He began his art education in Phoenix, Arizona where his parents had moved in 1967. He attended Phoenix College and earned his B.F.A. from the California Institute for the Arts in 1972. He then spent some time in Chicago, where he worked as a guard at the Museum of Contemporary Art. In 1974, he moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to teach painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Fischl had his first solo show, curated by Bruce W. Ferguson, at Dalhousie Art Gallery in Nova Scotia in 1975 before relocating to New York City in 1978. He currently lives and works in Sag Harbor, NY with his wife, the painter April Gornik.

Steve Forster

Steve Forster is the Director of the Long Island Academy of Fine Art and also teaches painting at the New York Academy of Art. He blends digital painting and a love of traditional media to create unique contemporary portrait stories. Steve’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally.

Michiyo Fukushima

A fine artist specializing in watercolor, Michiyo Fukushima lives and works in New York City. She has exhibited her work in NYC, Miami(FL), Charleston(SC), Kent(CT), Ginza & Shinjuku(Tokyo), and Umeda(Osaka). The International Herald Tribune, Fine Art Connoisseur, American Artist, Pratique DES Arts (French), and Bijustu no MADO (Japanese) among others have featured her work in the past. 

As an expert in her field, she teaches at a number of reputable art schools and institutions throughout the city, as well as online. She has works in private, museum, and corporate collections. Even though she studied drawing and painting in high school, she pursued a career as a professional photographer for several magazines in her early 20s. Even though she enjoyed photography, it was not fulfilling her desire to create, so she went abroad to rekindle her love of art. Watercolor was something she stumbled upon by accident, but she quickly fell in love with it.

Michael Grimaldi

Grimaldi studied painting and drawing at the New York Studio School, the National Academy, the Art Students League of New York and performed independent studies in anatomy and dissection at the Facultad Medicina in Buenos Aires and Drexel University College of Medicine. He has taught drawing, painting and anatomy for over twenty years at various institutions including the School of Visual Arts, the National Academy, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Art Students League of New York and Advanced Artistic Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine’s Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience. He has received numerous awards including the Alma Schapiro Prize and Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, the Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant, two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants and most recently a residency at the Montello Foundation in NE Nevada. He has exhibited at museums and galleries around the world including the Mori Arts Center (Tokyo), the Arnot Museum (Elmira), the National Academy Museum (New York), Beijing Art Museum (Beijing), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum (Philadelphia), the Woodmere Art Museum (Philadelphia), Fontbonne University Gallery (St. Louis), de Young Museum (San Francisco), Naples Museum of Art (Naples), John Pence Gallery (San Francisco), Forum Gallery (New York), Hirschl & Adler Modern (New York), Mark Miller Gallery (New York) and Joshua Liner Gallery (New York).

Elody Gyekis

Elody Gyekis is a painter, animator, and sculptor who uses visual storytelling to reinvent traditional gender roles. Elody earned her MFA in Painting at the New York Academy of Art in 2019 and her BFA in Painting and Ceramics from Penn State University in 2009. Her paintings have been exhibited in many solo and group shows in Pennsylvania and New York, and also across the USA, Central America, and Europe. She completed artist residencies in Sibiu, Romania in 2014, and Giverny, France in 2018. Elody has taught painting workshops in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Honduras, and Costa Rica. In addition to her fine art, she has been a community arts organizer of murals and other public art projects in Pennsylvania and beyond. Elody splits her time between living in Pennsylvania, Central America, and Brooklyn.

Jesse Lord Johnson

Jesse Wayne Lord Johnson is a 2003 MFA graduate of the New York Academy of Art. Additionally, he has degrees from Montana State University-Bozeman, Fordham University-Rosehill, and Lehman College. He has also studied at the Art Students League, The New York Botanical Gardens, and the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco. 

He was awarded a Summer Art Residency at Oxford University: St. Edmund’s Hall in 2003. He has been a teacher for the New York Department of Education since 2005. Since 2011, he has been a teaching assistant to Cynthia Eardley’s Continuing Education courses in Figure Sculpting and began teaching his own class in 2018. He has exhibited his work in group exhibitions at the New York Academy of Art’s Take Home a Nude and Tribute to Andy Warhol, St. Edmund’s Hall, Ouachita River Art Gallery, Cossatot Art Center, and at juried shows at the New York University Gallery and Cabrini Medical Center Auction.

Evan Kitson

A draftsman, painter, instructor, anatomist, curator, collector, and all-around art-obsessed thirty-something, Evan Kitson splits his time between Lancaster, PA where he maintains a lively studio practice working with deceased subjects, and New York, NY where he exhibits and instructs.

 Kitson earned his BFA in Illustration from the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, his MFA from the New York Academy of Art, and has held a number of studio assistantships, notably working with Odd Nerdrum. Evan has taught in many institutions, including The Art Student's League of New York, The Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, The New York Academy of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harrisburg Area Community College, and Studio Incamminati. He has given talks at Millersville University, Booth Gallery, Grand Central Atelier, and Parsons School of Design. Alongside his active studio practice and impressive course load, Evan is currently an Artist in Residence at the North Museum in Lancaster, PA.

Joe Mullins

Mullins trained as a graphic designer before becoming a forensic imaging specialist. He studied at the Savannah College of Art & Design and has a degree from James Madison University. For his forensic skills, he received training from The FBI Academy, University of Oklahoma and the University of Dundee. Now, Mullins himself teaches Forensic Art Classes at the New York Academy of Art, in Tribeca, NY; George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, and The Art League in Alexandria, VA.

Roberto Osti

Roberto Osti moved to the United States from his native Bologna, Italy in 1992 where he received his Diploma in Art at the State Institute of Art, and his Degree in Anatomical/Surgical Drawing, with honors, at the University of Bologna. In 2007 he received his Masters of Fine Art at the New York Academy of Art where he has also been teaching since 2010. Roberto Osti is the author of the books “Basic Human Anatomy” and “Dynamic Human Anatomy”, both published by The Monacelli Press-Phaidon, and the video “Human Anatomy for the Artist” with Craftsy. His artworks have been exhibited, among other venues, at The Drawing Center NYC), DFN Projects (NYC) Garvey Symon (NYC) Flowers Gallery (NYC), Sloan Fine Art (NYC), Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PA), Gallery of Modern Art in Bologna (Italy), and Museo Palazzo Pogg in Bologna (Italy). 

Mario Robinson

Mario Andres Robinson was born in Altus, Oklahoma where he resided with his family before relocating to New Jersey at the age of twelve. Robinson studied at the prestigious Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. In 2014, Robinson was chosen to be a Brand Ambassador for Winsor and Newton art materials. He is the author of Lessons in Realistic Watercolor, a comprehensive guide to the artist’s watercolor techniques (Monacelli Press). 

The work of Mario Andrew Robinson fits squarely within the tradition of American painting. Robinson’s finished works bear a close affinity to the masters of the realist tradition, Andrew Wyeth and Thomas Eakins. Containing few references to modern life, Robinson’s work has a timeless and universal quality and exhibits a distinct turn-of-the-century stylistic aesthetic. The images he chooses which refer to a bygone era where solitude and reflection were abundant, also provoke frequent allusions to the paintings of Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper. Mario Andres Robinson is an Exhibiting Artist Member (EAM) of the National Arts Club, an Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club, and a Signature Member of The Pastel Society of America. His work has been featured several times in The Artist’s Magazine, The Pastel Journal, Watercolor Magic, American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, and on the cover of American Artist Magazine. In the February 2006 issue of The Artist’s Magazine, Mario was selected as one of the top 20 realist artists under the age of 40.

Manu Saluja

Born in Brooklyn, and a longtime resident of Queens/Long Island, Manu Saluja studied with John Frederick Murray at the School of Visual Arts receiving her BFA in 1997. A graduate of the New York Academy of Art, she is Adjunct Faculty in the CFA and MFA programs. Saluja’s paintings have appeared in numerous group shows, publications and hang in collections nationally and internationally. In her 2010 show Kings of Punjab, she exhibited large-scale portraits at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Her solo shows in 2016 and 2021 were featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, Fast Company Design, and Huffington Post. Winner of the 2019 BP Travel Award, her paintings were exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Aberdeen Museum in Scotland in 2020. As an Allied Artists of America’s award recipient, her work will be shown this year at the Butler Institute of American Art.

Bernardo Siciliano

Siciliano was born in Rome in 1969. Il Gabbiano and Forum Gallery have presented his works at both international and national Fairs: the CIAE in Chicago, the FIAC in Paris, the Arte Fiera of Bologna, the LA Art Show and Art Miami. In 1992 the director Piero Maccarinelli commissioned him to paint the sets of the comedy Verso la fine dell’estate by Carlo Repetti for the 35th Festival of Spoleto. In 1995 he collaborated on Bernardo Bertolucci’s movie Io ballo da sola. He was among those highest classified in a referendum held among readers of the magazine Quádri e sculpture for the exhibition The Other Art at Palazzo Barberini (Rome). In 1998 he was an award winner at the invitational XXXII Prix International d’Art Contemporain de Montecarlo. In recent years, he has been included in group shows at Albright Knox Museum (Buffalo) Galleria Forni (Bologna) and DFN Gallery (New York). His latest solo exhibitions have been at the Museo D’Arte Contemporanea (Rome), The Chiostro del Bramante (Rome), The Palazzo della Ragione (Milan), the Italian Heritage Culture Foundation (Los Angeles), Studio Forni (Milan) and Forum Gallery (Los Angles and New York). In 2013 Bernardo’s work was displayed at the museum of Mantova Palazzo Te in an impressive art show. In 2016, he had a solo show in Milan at the M77 gallery. Also since 2016, his work has been represented by Aicon gallery in New York where he has already had two shows, the first of which was in 2016 and the second in 2019. Bernardo’s next solo show will take place in 2022.

John Wellington

John Wellington received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from The New York Academy of Art. He became a colorist for Marvel Comics, painting such classic graphic novels as the Moebius/Stan Lee Silver Surfer. John has taught traditional oil painting techniques - especially indirect painting (grisaille and glazing) at The New York Academy of Art and privately in his atelier for almost three decades. His paintings have been shown in numerous galleries, art fairs and museums in the United States and Europe. John has lived in France, Italy, and New York City where he currently resides. 

Tabitha Whitley

Tabitha Whitley is a Brooklyn based artist with a focus in oil painting and relief printmaking. Tabitha received her BFA in Painting from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2009, then went on to receive an MFA in Painting from the New York Academy of Art in 2011. Her work explores themes around her African American heritage. Tabitha is the President of the Alumni Association of the New York Academy of Art and is on the Board of Trustees. Tabitha has had her work shown in galleries throughout the United States and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal.

Zane York

Zane York deftly walks the line between playfulness and profundity. Drawing inspiration from the inherent strangeness of the natural world, York imbues quotidian scenes with subtle elements of the surreal. His finely detailed renderings offer a view of reality that is ever-so-slightly askew, creating a peculiar sense of balance in accordance with his own set of natural laws. Zane’s images invite us to turn away from the glare of the synthetic world and explore the shifting shadows of the human mind. 

York received his B.F.A. in Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and his M.F.A. in Painting from the New York Academy of Art. Zane has had solo exhibitions with numerous galleries, museums, and institutions. His works have been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, Melbourne, St. Barthelemy, Florida, and France. He maintains his studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and teaches for the New York Academy of Art and Rhode Island School of Design.