American, born 1949
An American expatriate painting in Italy, Dan Graves, began teaching in Florence in 1984. Graves founded the Florence Academy of Art in 1991 to provide classical art instruction. As the leader of this academy, Gravesï¿½ mission is to offer the highest level of instruction in the classical methods of drawing, painting and sculpture. Through weekly critiques and daily classes, there is a lively interaction between the students and the teachers at the academy. He is committed to a disciplined approach to the arts for students seeking to become professional artists in the Realist tradition. Graves also believes that working with paints you have ground yourself is far superior and appropriate to this style of painting than using commercial tube paint. His method of painting and teaching falls into the long tradition of academic painting associated with the great French artist and teacher, Jean-Leon Gerome.
A Cum Laude graduate of The Maryland Art Institute, Baltimore, (1972), Graves has studied with many of the noted academic artists of our time, including Richard Serrin at the Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Fine Art in Florence and Richard Lackï¿½s atelier in Minnesota. Returning to Italy in the late 1970s, Graves continued to work with and teach artists interested in the classical tradition of painting and atelier instruction. Master artist Pietro Annigoni proved one of the greatest influences on Graves, referring to him as "one of the most gifted" foreign painters in Florence. An artist of international stature, Gravesï¿½ work has been exhibited widely, and can be found in important private and public collections around the world.
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