Painting The Figure Now 2019

Painting The Figure Now 2019

Tanya Atanasova is a contemporary realist artist born in Pirdop, Bulgaria in 1978. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts from the National Academy of Art (Sofia, Bulgaria). Tanya graduated with the maximum score for final work and complemented her studies with one-year Erasmus-stay at Sint-Lucas Art Academy in Ghent, Belgium and a Master Class by artist Eloy Morales (Madrid, 2016).

Tanya has been a finalist in several Belgian national competitions such as "Painting of the Year—Belgium" 2013 and 2014, "Grote Prijs Piet Staut" 2017, "Ongezien" 2018 and has been selected for some of the most prestigious contests in the world, such as "Figurativas" at MEAM in Barcelona in 2017. She has been featured in publications such as Fine Art Connoisseur (USA), PoetsArtists (USA), The Guide Artists (Spain), Artelibre (Spain), and Clatia (China). Her works have been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions in galleries, museums and art fairs in Bulgaria, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, and the Netherlands.

Dedicated to big size non-traditional portraits, Tanya currently works from her own studio in Antwerp, Belgium—one of Europe’s most important cities for art and culture.

Alfonsina Betancourt (b. 1976) is a figurative artist currently living in Norwalk, Connecticut. Born in Venezuela, she holds a Bachelors in Arts degree in Visual Arts from Pine Manor College.

She has exhibited her work throughout New England, including the New Haven Museum and Bendheim Gallery, and has been published in online exclusive exhibitions with PoetsArtists, including Adorn Me. Her work is in private collections in a variety of countries.

Mike Brewer is an American artist who paints portraits and figures in a classical realistic style. His oil paintings display sophisticated color palettes in which subtle, often muted colors are regularly paired with strong, vivid hues. His work is a combination of two influences. First is a French approach which was passed to Mike through the teachings of Richard Whitney, whose own study was a lineage of Ives Gammell, William Paxton, and Jean Leon Gerome. Mike’s other influence is an Italian approach which comes from exposure to the teachings of Nelson Shanks and studies at Studio Incamminati. Mike’s paintings have been selected to appear in over 30 juried art shows where they have received many awards including recognition from the Portrait Society of America. He currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Anastasiya Chybireva-Fender was born in Ukraine and immigrated with her parents to New York when she was 14. She currently lives and paints in Texas with her husband and three kids. Anastasiya began drawing and painting in early childhood and received figure-based atelier training growing up. She earned her bachelors and masters degrees in Architecture from Cooper Union and the University of Texas at Arlington. Over the last few years, she has received additional training studying with established realist painters whom she admires privately and in workshops. Anastasiya's work can be found in private collections across the United States as well as Germany, Russia, and Ukraine. She has been recognized by the National Portrait Society, Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and others; her work has been featured in PoetsArtists. Currently, Anastasiya teaches design and drawing studios at the University of Texas in Arlington and paints fervently in her studio in Dallas. Anastasiya's portraiture investigates into the realm of the human soul looking to capture the idiosyncratic mystery of each individual she paints.

Hilary Clarcq (b. 1983) creates mood-driven, figurative oil paintings that combine realism with expressive abstraction. Often surreal and dream-like, her work favors symbolism over literal narrative. She has exhibited with galleries such as Abend Gallery, Helikon Gallery, and Every Day Original. In 2019, she was one of three artists selected for the Muddy Colors Rising Stars Award. She has a B.A. in Fine Art and English from the University of Colorado, but she is self-taught as an oil painter. Hilary was born in upstate New York and currently lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Shaina Craft was born in Pennsylvania in 1985 and currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. She graduated with an MFA from The New York Academy of Art in 2015 and a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. Shaina has exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States, including the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Dacia Gallery, Abend Gallery, the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg, and the Affordable Art Fair NYC with SaatchiArt. Her work is collected internationally. Shaina has been featured by publications such as Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, and PoetsArtists.

Kimberly Dow has been gallery-represented and selling her work since she was 19. She has been published in PoetsArtists and shown in online exclusives through the Zhou B Art Center. The narrative figures, nudes, and portrait commissions she paints from her mountaintop studio in North Carolina hang in collections around the world.

Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern received her BFA in surface design from Parsons the School of Design and MFA in painting from New Jersey City University. She served as an executive designer for Ralph Lauren, and her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and been featured in PoetsArtists, FreshPaint and Studio Visit Magazines. She has won numerous awards, including a 2016 Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation (ESKFF) residency at Mana Contemporary Fine Art, and a 2007 Geraldine Dodge Fellowship.

Denise M. Fulton (b. 1970, Ohio) is a contemporary realist artist known for her intricately patterned figurative works. She has shown in group exhibitions at galleries and museums around the US and is featured in many private collections. She currently resides in Austin, TX, where she paints in her backyard studio. She is one of the founding members of Atelier Dojo, Austin’s realist art atelier.

Vinka Gasparus was born 1987 in Zagreb, Croatia. She is currently working and living between Zagreb (HR) and Belgrade (RS). Vinka gained her Master's Degree in 2011 from the Academy of Applied Arts, Rijeka, Croatia, majoring in painting and art education. She exhibited and have her paintings in private collections in Croatia, United Kingdom, USA, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Serbia, etc.

Jodi Gerbi is a representational painter depicting human resilience through her realistic portrayals of the garbage, trash cans and drain pipes found in her daily life.

Jodi has earned an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a BFA from Syracuse University. Her work has been shown at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, Sotheby’s, and the Flowers Gallery in New York as well as Fort Works Art in Texas. She currently paints at Reis Studios in Long Island City, New York.

Melissa Hefferlin (b. 1968 in Georgia) was the only American to study at St. Petersburg, Russia’s historic Academy of Art during the Soviet period. She also studied at Otis/Parsons in Los Angeles, California, and at the University of Tennessee. An early mentor was California artist Micheal Newberry. Hefferlin has won awards through Oil Painters of America, Pastel Society of America, the Salmagundi Club and the Association of Spanish Pastel Painters (ASPAS). Her work appeared in Artists Magazine, American Art Collector and Pastel Journal. Institutions collecting her work include Hunter Museum of American Art, the Museum of the Russian Academy of Art, Southern University, Seimens Corporation, and many more. The artist divides her time between the United States and Andalusia, Spain.

Kaitlyn Hwang (b. 1978, Taiwan) grew up in New York City. She has a M.S. in Biomedical Visualization. She is a figurative artist and plein air artist. Hwang has shown in various museums and galleries such as Palette And Chisel, McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum and Jackson Junge Gallery. Her work may be found in private collections. She now lives in Oak Park, IL.

Francien Krieg was born in the Netherlands. She received her degree in Monumental Design at the Royal Arts Academy in The Hague in 1988. Her work is in the Tullman Collection Chicago, ING Collection Amsterdam, Formal Scheringa collection, Mohlman Museum Collection, van Lien Collection, and many private collections. Her work has exhibited at the MEAM museum Barcelona, Wausau Museum the US, Scheringa Museum NL, and Museum Mohlman NL. She has also shown at Gallery Mokum, Gallery Beinart Brunswick Australie, Abend Gallery, Zhou B Art Center Chicago, and Robert Lange Studios. She recently published her first art book about the series of the aging female body, which she painted for 10 years.

Geoffrey Laurence (b.1949) studied at The Byam Shaw (LCAD) London College of Printing (Graphics) St.Martins (BA) New York Academy of Art (MFA). He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico and has been drawing and painting the figure since 1965. He works in pastel, charcoal and oil paint. He has exhibited in museums and galleries across the USA and in Europe, including Allan Stone gallery NYC, John Pence gallery San Francisco, LewAllen gallery Santa Fe and in Zhou B Art online exclusives including Adorn Me curated by Carol Hodes, Figurative Realism curated by Dirk Dzimirsky, The New Nude curated by Didi Menendez. His artwork won a prize at the ANJE 2018 at WMOCA curated by Frank Bernarducci.

His Holocaust Series work is on permanent display at The Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, TX. His work has been published in magazines and books including New American Paintings, American Art Collector, Smithsonian Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Art in America. His work can be viewed at

Amber Lia-Kloppel was born in Ithaca, New York. She studied art as a young adult at the Community School of Music and Arts. She did her undergraduate study in Philadelphia at Moore College of Art and Design, receiving a BFA, and subsequently moved to New York City where she received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Amber has been awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation Grant, and the Stobart Foundation Grant for her work. During graduate school, she was awarded a Prince of Wales/Forbes Foundation Travel Grant and Residency, and during undergraduate school, she received the Emily Sartain Fellowship for European Travel. She has studied with renowned figurative artists and teachers including Steven Assael, Moe Brooker, Patrick Connors, Will Cotton, Vincent Desiderio, Tina Newberry, Ted Schmidt, Wade Schuman, and Steve Sherman, among others.

She paints mostly figurative compositions and portraits, and her work is grounded in American and Dutch traditions of genre painting. Her major influences range from Johannes Vermeer to Edward Hopper to Alice Neel, and while there is a tendency towards voyeurism in her work, it is countered by an element of confrontation.

Amber’s work has been shown primarily in New York, Philadelphia, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and it is part of numerous private collections including HRH the Prince of Wales, and the Emmy Award-winning actor Martin Short. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Palmer Museum of Art, and in the CIGNA Museum and Art Collection. Amber currently lives and works in Ithaca, NY.

Yanqing Low (b.1985, Singapore) is an emerging figurative artist. She was recently part of PoetsArtists' online exclusive Adorn Me, and two group shows at Site:Brooklyn Gallery, New York —Art on Paper and Birthday Suit. She earned her BFA from LaSalle College of the Arts and has mentored under Rebecca Leveille. Her work has been shown in both Singapore and New York.

Born in East Berlin in 1971, Kathrin Longhurst’s figurative realist painting style is heavily influenced by socialist realism in art of that era. Here she started taking life drawing classes at the age of 14. She later moved to Scandinavia where she completed a business degree and didn’t return to her art until 2003 after having settled in Australia. She is now based in Sydney with her works being collected nationally and internationally. She completed her 14th solo show in 2018, has been a finalist in all major Australian Art Prizes and her work is represented in the Bennett Collection of Women Realist Artists.

Dáire Lynch is a Dublin-born artist who currently resides in County Mayo in the west of Ireland.Born in 1980, he studied drawing in BCFE, Dublin. He also is a qualified sound engineer and multi-instrumentalist. Dáire has featured in several online exclusive shows with the Zhou B Art Center such as ‘Adorn Me’ curated by Carol Holdes and ‘Figurative Realism’ curated by Dirk Dzimirsky. Additionally, he has been published in the associated issues of PoetsArtists as well as exhibiting in the group Show Visions of Venus, curated by Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt. He has exhibited paintings at RJD Gallery, New York, Rehs Contemporary in New York, and Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado.

David Molesky (b. 1977) creates oil paintings depicting figures in natural and sometimes turbulent landscapes. Having grown up in Washington, D.C. and then graduating from UC Berkeley in 99’(art and pre-med), David spent the first half of his adult life on the west coast. Now in Brooklyn, David paints full time and contributes articles to art publications such as Juxtapoz and Fine Art Connoisseur. His paintings can be found in permanent collections on both coasts and in Europe and Asia, including the Long Beach Museum of Art in California and the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art in the Philippines. His paintings are represented by Andra Norris Gallery.

Laurence O'Toole is a self taught artist from Ireland. Born in 1968, he has had numerous solo shows both in Ireland and abroad and is constantly present in many group shows. After winning an award at the Royal Ulster Academy he went on to show at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin. His work has been collected by the OPW and features in publications and magazines along with being present in collections of Banks, film directors, actors, and state institutions. He has also completed many residencies, including Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Spain and France. He is currently working on a body of work in the Algarve, Portugal to be released later in the year.

A conceptual realist, Matthew Quick worked as a writer, designer and lecturer. At 23, his first novel was short-listed for the Vogel Literature Award. Featured in BRW as one of Australia’s top 50 artists, Matthew has won, or been a finalist for, more than 80 major juried art awards. With 14 solo, more than 100 group shows and included in several museum collections, his paintings have been published in hundreds of articles around the world.

Nadine Robbins is an internationally known artist who works in a photorealistic style, painting nudes, portraits, and still lifes of oysters. Robbins earned her BFA in Graphic Design from the State University of New York at New Paltz and owned a successful boutique graphic design for many years. In 2008, she closed her business and devoted herself full time to painting, a medium in which she is largely self-taught.

Named one of Buzzfeed’s “Top 100 Figurative Painters Working Right Now” in 2017 and 2018, Robbins has shown her paintings throughout the country and in Europe. She is represented in prestigious private collections including the Howard A. & Judith Tullman Collection in Chicago and the Count-Ibex Collection in Germany. Robbins’ work has been shown at several of the premier galleries for hyper-realist art, including Louis K. Meisel Gallery and RJD Gallery. The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art (WMOCA) in Wisconsin; the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York (a Smithsonian affiliate); and the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain, have all selected her work for exhibitions. Publications featuring Robbins’ work include Artsy, American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, and the Huffington Post. Nadine Robbins lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and son. Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts in Binghamton, New York, represents the artist.

Anne-Christine Roda, born in 1974, grew up in Paris and now lives near Geneva in the French Alps.

She studied art restoration and graduated with honours in 1997. She worked for about ten years for museums, antique dealers and collectors in France, and became a teacher in 2002 at an art school near Geneva. Responsible for the painting workshops for nearly 15 years, she began creating more personal works in 2011 and exhibiting them in contemporary art fairs. She quickly noticed by Parisian galleries.

She exhibits in galleries (Paris, Geneva, Munich), art centers and contemporary art fairs—notably, Mac Paris, St’art, and YIA Paris—in France.

In 2015 she participated in the prestigious BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London, Edinburgh and the Ulster Museum in Belfast. The same year she won the Special Jury Prize at the Gemlucart in Monaco.

This year she is participating in the exhibition Painting Today at the MEAM in Barcelona, curated by Didi Menendez.

Anne-Christine's works have published in PoetsArtists, Hyperrealism Magazine, The Guide Artists, Miroir de l'art, and online on Artsy, Artnet, catawiki.

Her work is present in private collections in France, the US, Germany, Switzerland, and Hong Kong.

Paula Saneaux, born in the Dominican Republic, lives and works in the Washington D.C. Metro Area. She graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design of New York (with Honors); an AA in Fine Arts and Illustration from Altos de Chavon School of Design (summa cum laude and valedictorian); and a BA in Advertising from APEC University (summa cum laude) in the Dominican Republic.

Her artwork has been exhibited in the Dominican Republic, Washington D.C., New York, and Los Angeles, including various major Dominican venues, such as the Museum of Modern Art, Centro León Museum, the National Gallery of Art, Cándido Bidó Museum, among others. Her work is held in several public and private collections including important institutions of the Dominican Republic such as the Central Bank, Cándido Bidó Museum, and Funglode of former Dominican President Dr. Leonel Fernández. Her private collections are held in Brussels, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, New York, Rome, Santo Domingo, Turin, and Washington D.C.

In recognition of excellence, Saneaux has received numerous awards including The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, the Bluhdorn Scholarship for Parsons School of Design of New York, the Pedro Henriquez Ureña Award by the former Dominican President Hipolito Mejia, the United States Green Card for “Artists of Extraordinary Ability,” among others.

Victoria Selbach is an American contemporary artist focusing on women. She is best known for her larger than life nude depictions of powerful women. Selbach’s work exhibits within galleries, museums and collections throughout the United States and abroad including the Heckscher Museum of Art, The Butler Institute of American Art, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art and the Meam in Barcelona. The Huffington Post reviewed Selbach’s work in an article by Priscilla Frank, ‘Finally, Artist Paints Female Nudes As They Really Are’ and Selbach discussed her work in an 2018 interview with Beautiful Bizarre magazine, Victoria Selbach: Painting With Emotional Layers. Selbach, as a writer and curator, is a strong advocate for women artists. Her contributions to PoetsArtists magazine include a cover story on Elizabeth A Sackler, a series of interviews with art world leaders and curating the blockbuster exhibition The Artists Gaze; Seeing Women in the 21st Century. An archive of Selbach’s work can be found at

Vicki Sullivan is an Australian contemporary realist painter who lives on the Mornington Peninsula surrounded by the Southern Ocean on one side and Port Phillip Bay on the other. Vicki has been recognized as an Art Renewal Centre Associate Living Master and her work has been exhibited in many exhibitions both in Australia and internationally. She was invited to exhibit her work in the “Artelibre 20x20” exhibition at the European Museum of Modern Art {MEAM} museum in Barcelona, Spain in 2019 and was Selected for the “Painting Now” Exhibition at the MEAM in March 2019. Vicki’s work was also selected for the Women painting Women, Men painting Men, show at RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton New York.

Her work recently won an Art Renewal Center Publication Award in Collections Magazine, China and has also been published in online exclusive exhibitions with PoetsArtists, including The New Nude, Anything But Painting the Figure, Adorn Me & Figurative Realism . Vicki’s Drawing has been selected for publication in Strokes of Genius Book 10, by Northlight books in the USA. She has won awards in Australia, the USA, and the UK.

Alessandro Tomassetti (b. 1970, Toronto, Canada) is a figurative painter based in Barcelona, known for his intimate portraits of contemporary men. His work has been exhibited at the Architecture+Design Museum and Sotheby’s in Los Angeles, the MEAM in Barcelona, the Salmagundi Club in New York, the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago and the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art. He has won awards through the Tom of Finland Foundation and the Art Renewal Center where his paintings have toured as part of their International Salon. His work has appeared in Architectural Digest (US, France & Spain editions) and he has been featured in several issues of PoetsArtists. Through PoetsArtists he has participated in online exclusive shows on Artsy as well as physical group shows with their partner galleries. He received a BFA from McMaster University and later specialized in Computer Animation and Fashion Design. He created special effects for Hollywood films and designed menswear before dedicating himself to painting.

Daniel Volenec (b. 1955) trained at the Atelier Lack (Minneapolis) under the tutelage of Steven Gjertson. Working from the figure for the past decade, Volenec's drawings and paintings emphasize subtlety and delicate execution. He explores deeply personal themes; the act of decision making, the struggle for acceptance, the reconciliation of broken relationships. Dan's work has received numerous awards including 2016 ARC Salon finalist, 2018 Honorable Mention at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art National Juried Exhibition, 2019 Best in Show at the 23rd Annual Arts in Harmony International Show. In 2016, one of Dan's paintings was featured on the cover of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine.

Daniela Werneck (1974), a Brazilian artist, currently lives in Houston, Texas. She holds a bachelors degree in Interior Design from the School of Fine Art, in the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, an area in which she worked until she moved with her family to Australia in 2008. After relocating to Houston in 2011, Daniela started showing her paintings nationally in watercolor and portrait exhibitions and competitions, where she has received several awards. Her work has been published in watercolor books and magazines, such as Splash, American Art Collector and the Watercolor Artist Magazine. Dani is a member of PoetsArtists, American Women Artist, National Watercolor Society, Texas Watercolor Society and Watercolor Society of Houston.

Veronica Winters (b.1976) is a contemporary Russian-American artist who illuminates the beauty and power of the feminine spirit through her figurative paintings. She studied figurative art at the Grand Central Academy of Art, Art Students League of New York and holds an MFA degree in painting from Penn State. The Colored Pencil Manual is her most recent best-selling book. Veronica’s art has been published in numerous art magazines and books, including Strokes of Genius, Leisure Painter, Colored Pencil Magazine, Guide Artists, and International Artist Magazine. As an art educator, Winters supports the talent of contemporary artists via her art blog and writing. Living in Naples, Florida, the artist continues to pursue feelings in color by painting the interior life of women in portraiture.

Zack Zdrale (b. 1977) is a figurative realist painter from Wisconsin. He has shown with galleries and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. He is currently an exhibitor in the 2018 BP International Portrait Award Exhibition and is represented by Abend Gallery in Denver, CO and Gallery Victor Armendariz in Chicago, IL. Zdrale currently lives and works in Madison, WI.

Secondary Meanings | Figural Diptychs

Secondary Meanings | Figural Diptychs

Painting Today at the MEAM

Painting Today at the MEAM