Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Jasmine Kamante & Jesper Sundwall

 Jasmine Kamante & Jesper Sundwall will be returning to New Zealand in March, 2015, and they will be having a two-person exhibition of new works at the lovely Railway Street Studios in August. The exhibition's opening is on July 31st, 2015.
They came to visit us in Florence last month; they were here to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Tanti auguri, Jasmine and Jesper!!!!!

Jesper in the studio. It was 6 degrees Celsius inside last week (in England)!

Jasmine starting her triptych.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Cesar Santos

Here are two of Cesar's latest paintings:

Mantodea, oil on linen
Assoluta-wAssoluta, oil on linen

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Sister Vinci

Sister Vinci, an alumna of the Angel Academy, had one of her paintings given to Pope Francis as a gift from her congregation. The painting was presented to the pope by the General Superior Mother Paola of Sister Vincy’s congregation.
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She is currently in Urbino, keeping busy with many works, among which is helping the old people in an old-age home run by her congregation of Suore Ospedaliere Della Misericordia (SOM).
Attached, too, is a photo of the maestro receiving a lovely kiss from Sister Vincy at her gaduation ceremony earlier this year.
DSC09956scSr. Vincy with her final still-life project at the Angel Academy of Art.

Christina Mastrangelo

Angel Academy alumna Christina Mastrangelo has been working on a large-scale triptych, and one of the panels won a place in the Portrait Society of America’s Members’ Only competition. Out of over 800 entries, the painting received 9th place out of 30 winners. The full triptych mock-up can be seen on Christina’s blog:
Among other things on her blog, Christina has a marvelous How to Navigate your Early Career section.
The Oil Painters of America bestowed on Christina an honorable mention for her still life America’s Cup in their online showcase this summer. The Salmagundi Club is hosting their annual holiday Thumb Box juried show, and Christina has three pieces on display there for sale. Her painting From the Base of Mount Washington was honoured with the JoAnne Leiser Memorial Award this year.  
She has just finished a remarkable painting, Behold, Your Heart, oil and gold leaf on linen over panel, inspired by Beatrice in Dante’s La Vita Nuova.
Congratulations, too, to Christina on her recent marriage!!!
Behold, Your Heart
11inches x 14inches
Know Not Thy Pending Fate
38inches x 16inches
Study piece for Know Not Thy Pending Fate

Friday, 19 December 2014

Alvin Mark Tan

Our final year student, Alvin Mark Tan, is holding second his solo Art Exhibition in Singapore. Titled, Natural Realism (part one), Alvin is showcasing his work from the Angel Academy, which traces the process from his first Bargue copy to the 1st colour cast painting. His aim is to introduce and educate the public about Natural Realism.

Alvin spent this past summer urban-sketching the city of Florence and sold many of his ink and gouache sketches in a personal kick-starter. This was to raise money for his journey back to Singapore to hold the exhibition, which runs from Dec 17 to Dec 21. He is also launching his second sketchbook journal on Dec 19 called Ciao Firenze!, to raise funds for the rest of his final year at the Angel Academy.

We wish him all the best in the exhibition and book sales!
Minutes before the opening of the show

 Visitors at the exhibition
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Alvin’s newly launched Ciao Firenze!
Photos by Teoh Yi Chie.
To follow Alvin's art, go to:

Monday, 8 December 2014

Cesar Santos

During Art Basel week at the Concept Art Fair, the Committee of Contemporary Art Projects USA awarded Cesar Santos first prize for his painting Cosmic Connection.

Cesar has been recently been teaching popular workshops in Brazil.

Concept Art Fair

Cesar Santos workshop

Cesar Santos workshop

Cesar Santos workshop

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Jonny Scull

Former Angel Academy of Art student Jonny Scull was featured in the November/ December edition of No'Ala Magazine.

(Click on image to read article.)

Monday, 3 November 2014

Victor Goikoetxea

Former Angel Academy student Victor Goikoetxea recently unveiled his new painting cycle Seven Panoramas of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. Congratulations Victor!

Victor Goikoetxea with his painting cycle
View of the installment of Seven Panoramas of Barcelona
Victor Goikoetxea in front of one of his paintings

Victor's upcoming workshops in 2015

Monday, 27 October 2014

Summer Workshops 2015

With great pleasure we announce that the Angel Academy of Art's:
Summer Workshop Programme, 2015
is now available on our website:
Come and enjoy the pleasure of studying in Florence during our Summer Workshop season in our state-of-the-art school.

Our temperature-controlled (air-conditioned) clean-air environment provides
optimum comfort during the summer months.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information
Angel Academy of Art, Florence


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Henna Uoti

Newspaper article, Siikajokilaakso, 7.10.2014
Young talent exhibits in Ruukki
Kirsi Junttila 
A talented artist's work charms the viewer. When at Ruukki, you should stop by the municipal building. In municipal buildings lobby are featured in October a young, very talented artist Henna's work. Pyhäjoki born Uoti has been interested in art since early childhood and has created many kind of art since primary school age. She studied first in Liminka Art School, where she continued to Italy, Angel Academy of Art in Florence. Studies still continue. Young 25-year-old artist's gifts speaks that her work has been published in the Digital Art Masters book. Digital Art Masters series describe the works of the world's best and most talented digital artists. Uoti's work has also been published in the Huffington Post article. She has had several smaller exhibitions in Finland. The works now in Ruukki have been done using different techniques. On Exhibit are works in carbon pencil, pencil, oil paints and watercolor. Uoti is also a digital technology expert, and there are some works in this media. In municipal buildings lobby are five watercolor works that are for sale. Other works won't be available for purchase.
Newspaper article
Henna with her recently completed still-life
Kitchen theme still-life


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Anatomy Programme

The Angel Academy's evening anatomy programme has begun for the 2014-2015 academic year.  It includes 15 hours of lectures, 70 hours of drawing from the live model, 18 home assignments as well as an occasional trip to La Specola natural-history museum where students can study from anatomical models.
Anatomy class
Drawing from the live model
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Drawing at Body Worlds exhibition in Bologna
Drawing at La Specola

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Bring Skill Based Art to Public Schools

Thank you everyone for your support!

News from the ARC:
Help! - Bring Skill Based Art to Public Schools!!

Greater amounts are of course welcome, but even a $1 donation will help the DVI Kickstarter come up with greater frequency within Kickstarter Searches. If even a small portion of our subscribers were to donate $1 we would easily fund this Kickstarter campaign. We need your help. The Da Vinci Initiative has started a major fundraising campaign through Kickstarter to bring skill-based training in the visual arts to public schools K-12. Teaching realist based art skills such as those implemented by Da Vinci and Michelangelo not only aligns with current educational research that other subjects currently embrace, but it also enhances the number of choices students can make when creating their own work. To view the Kickstarter project and video or to donate, click here. The Da Vinci Initiative is officially endorsed by the Washington Art Education Association.

To view the Kickstarter project and video or to donate, click here.

Fun fact: Both alumni Teresa Oaxaca and Nancy Hines are Da Vinci Initiative Ambassadors! More about what they are doing for the DVI coming up... stay tuned!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Uncanny

The Uncanny-poster
AAA alumna Teresa Oaxaca is showing in the S.R. Brennen Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, along with Katherine Stone and David Gluck. Katherine and David both studied at M. John Angel’s school in Canada. All three of these artists are brilliant, and we highly recommend looking at the show’s on-line catalogue.
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Teresa Oaxaca in her studio
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Katherine Stone - The Head of Sorrow
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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Stazzema Show

La signorina Nera Simi (1890 – 1987) was the daughter of Filadelfo Simi, one of the great 19th-century Italian Realist painters. La signorina took over her father’s studio in 1923 and developed it into the only school in the western world that taught and specialised in representational painting.

The Simi family originated in Stazzema, a mountainous area near the marble quarries of Cararra, and, this year, the town of Stazzema commemorated her achievement by naming a town square after her and creating a show of her alumni’s work. The show ran from July 12th to August 20th, 2014, and was a great success, with over 300 people at the opening and an average daily count of 20 visitors.

Past students range from the classes of the 1950s to the classes of the 1980s: Antonio Ciccone, Nelson White, Fernando Bernardini, M. John Angel, Lance Bressow, Daniel Graves, Ben Long, Joke Frima and Simona Dolci, to name only a few.

An outline biography of Nerina Simi can be seen here:
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MJA in the new square dedicated to la signorina Simi.

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Stazzema show opening
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Stazzema show opening
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Stazzema show opening

Academy Visits

Contemporary realist painters Robert Liberace and Juliette Aristides visited the Angel Academy of Art, Florence, with their students.  Jeffrey Larson also recently visited the school.
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MJA & Robert Liberace

Robert Liberace's class visit

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Juliette Aristides

Jeff Larson
Jeffrey Larson

Saturday, 11 October 2014


In 2010, the city of Florence celebrated the centenary of Annigoni’s birth. The Angel Academy of Art, Florence, was asked to start the celebrations by mounting a show of students’ and instructors’ works in the Villa Bardini, which houses the Annigoni Museum. In addition, maestro M. John Angel was commissioned to paint a portrait of Annigoni, which now hangs in the Villa Peyron Museum, a museum that honours expatriates like Angel who have contributed to the ongoing traditions of Florence.

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M.John Angel: il maestro Annigoni, 1954oil on canvas80 x 55 cm

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The Florentine drummers at the Angel Academy's 2010 Villa Bardini show
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At Annigoni's grave in San Miniato del Monte for the 2010 Centenary of the maestro's birth. Left to right: Antonio Ciccone, Benedetto Annigoni, M. John Angel, Nelson White (standing to the right of the lady in white) and signora Rosella Annigoni (dressed in light green).
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MJA and Benedetto Annigoni, during a 2012 visit to the academy.

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2010 Villa Bardini show
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Outside the show, in the Bardini grounds

Villa Bardini show catalogue