May I Introduce Daniel Graves?

Self-Portrait by Daniel Graves, oil on canvas, 2007.

Self-Portrait by Daniel Graves,
oil on canvas, 2007.

Daniel Graves: Weekend With the Masters Instructor

Daniel Graves, born in Rochester, New York in 1949, is an oil painter, etcher, and founder and director of The Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy. Graves lives and works in Florencce, Italy, where he has made his permanent home since 1978.

Graves graduated from the Maryland Art Institute in 1972, where he studied with Joseph Sheppard and Frank Russell. He continued his education at the Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Fine Art with Richard Serrin, and then with Richard Lack in Minneapolis. That led to a teaching position at the Atelier Lack School of Fine Art. In the late 1970s Graves worked with Nerina Simi, who maintained a classical 19th-century studio in Florence.

In 1984, along with Charles Cecil, he founded the atelier Studio Cecil-Graves. Seven years later, Graves went on to found the Florence Academy of Art, in Italy, which is dedicated to training artists in the humanist tradition. The school provides the highest level of instruction in classical drawing, painting and sculpture. Graves' vision of the Academy is its potential to train a select group of highly skilled Realist painters and sculptors. His philosophy, which underlies the Academy's curriculum and method of instruction, demands a return to discipline in art, to canons of beauty, and to the direct study of nature and the Old Masters as the foundation for great painting and sculpture. Under his direction, the Academy is a source of stimulation and healthy competition, in which an internationally varied group of students receives training from professional painters of different nationalities, in a city renowned for its artistic past.

In addition to many one-man shows, Graves and several of the academy’s roster of realist painters have had their work exhibited in many prestigious venues both in Europe and throughout the United States of America.   

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  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.   

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