MEET OUR ARTISTS
Who We Represent
2014 Merit Award; Portrait Society of America, 9th Annual Members Competition, Commissioned Portrait Category
2013 Giulia Palermo Award; Audubon Artists International Competition
2013 Best Classical Drawing; Wide Open 4 National Juried Art Show, NYC
2012 Certificate of Excellence; Portrait Society of America 14th Annual International Portrait Competition
2012 First Honorable Mention; Portrait Society of America 6th Annual Members Only Competition: “Out of the Box”
2011 Certificate Recipient ; National Academy School, NYC
2010 Roberta Goode Scholarship; Art Students League
2008 First Prize Painting Award National Academy of Fine Arts, NYC
Selected Juried Exhibitions
2013 Artist as Posers: The Portrait Project; The Alex Adam Gallery, NYC
2013 Portraits Show; The Gensler Institute, NYC
2011 83rd Grand National Exhibition; The American Artists Professional League, NYC
2011 Small Works Show; Third Annual, Manhattan Borough President’s Office, NYC
2010 Small Works Show; Second Annual, Manhattan Borough President’s Office, NYC
2010 Self Portraits; Publicis Healthcare Communications, NYC
2010 The 28th Ellarslie Open at the Trenton City Museum, Tenton, NJ
2010 End of the Year Show; National Academy Museum of Fine Arts, NYC
2009 Artists and Monitors; The Alex Adam Gallery, NYC
2009 The Figure In Its Glory; Windham Fine Arts, Windham, NY
2009 End of the Year Show; National Academy Museum of Fine Arts, NYC
2009 Non-Member Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NYC
2008 End of the Year Show; National Academy Museum of Fine Arts, NYC
2014 Lines from The League, The Portrait Project, A Mother and Son Collaboration, pages 6, 8
2014 Strokes of Genius 6: Best of Drawing : People
2010 Top 100 Pastel Artists in America Today,
A native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, was the second of three sons of a Cuban mother and first generation Ukrainian/Russian Father. He was raised in a colorful, multicultural home where different languages were spoken, and traditions upheld; opening the windows of his imagination and awaking his artistic soul and curiosity at early age. In 2004, due to the turbulent political climate in Venezuela, Daniel and his family received political asylum and moved to the US.
Since his early childhood, Daniel always found inspiration from the “Los Grandes Zulianos" artists like Pedro Piña, Edgar Queipo, and Francisco “Paco” Hung, for whom he holds a very special place.
In addition, Daniel was strongly influenced by the late Carlos Cruz Diez
Daniel is the Art Director and Co-Founder of the artist community project EL PATIO DE MI CASA
Today, Daniel lives in between Manhattan and Bucks County PA working in both his studio sharing with people the power of emotional growth through art making and as a teaching artist for The Allentown Arts Academy Charter school.
His works reflect the daily routines and movements of cities and their people, which he translates into a strong colorful pallet of heavy layers of oil paint compositions.
He was featured in Italian L’UOMO Vogue as one of New York’s up and coming artists.
Benat Iglesias, a native of Spain, lives and works in New York.He approaches art through a variety of mediums, such as sculpture, painting, printmaking and photography. His artwork explores the varying relationships between popular culture and fine art, and takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues.
For the last two years his focus has been on sculpture, creating a monumental sculpture installation, The Bathers (currently on display at the Riverside South Park on 59th St, NYC), and the -Head Series: A Delicate Irony-, which will be on display in a solo Show at the Alex Adam Gallery, NYC (May 2014).
Mr. Iglesias's work is visually engaging and provocative, it prompts an immediate emotional response that leads to a dialogue between the sculpture and the viewer. In terms of technique, the compelling realism of the portraits show the expertise and gift for life modeling that distinguishes Benat Iglesias's entire portfolio. Though Benat Iglesias's enormous talent extends to several different mediums, the guiding principle of his work remains constant in all of his portraits. This principle is the use of art as a tool to allow the artist and the viewer to study, understand and honor the inner lives and emotions of his subjects. The psychological realism and emotional depth evident in Mr. Iglesias's portraits match for their layered beauty and complexity and the technical expertise with which he so flawlessly presents the physical forms of his subjects.
Through the intellectual and emotional connections that we as viewers form to such works of art, we are also encouraged to a better understanding and appreciation of our own lives and complex identities”.
Japanese artist Fumiko Toda grew up in a countryside in Japan. Young Toda often escaped to a nearby pond where she would observe insects and bugs for hours. These tiny creatures eventually worked their way into her artwork, where they remain to this day. She eventually studied at the Sugii Art Institution in Mie, and graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design in 2000.In 2001, Toda moved to New York City, where she studied painting at the National Academy of Fine Art. Toda moves seamlessly between the realms of painting and printmaking and has exhibited her work extensively. Her paintings and prints have an obsessive quality of intricate detail, repetition of forms and patterns, all rendered with colors so vibrant, as to appear as if they were ground from pure minerals and substances found only in nature, or in the insects themselves..Recent solo and 2 person exhibitions include Tim Liddy and Fumiko Toda at ZIA|Gallery (Chicago) in 2013, “Recent Painting” in 2012 and "Illuminated & Adored" in 2010 at Susan Eley Fine Art (NYC) and "Recent Insects" in 2009 at the Safe-T Gallery, (Dumbo, NYC) Group exhibitions include Matrix to Impression: Contemporary and Modern prints at Madelyn Jordon Fine Art Gallery, NYC and The Second Bangkok Triennale International Print and Drawing Exhibition,Thailand. In 2008, Toda participated in the 183rd Annual An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art at The National Academy Museum, NYC.
Born in 1959, this Connecticut native has lived and worked as an artist in New York City since the early 90’s. She has exhibited extensively in group shows in the city, and her work is in several private and public collections including the New Britain Museum of American Art and the permanent collection of the Art Students League in New York. Her work has appeared in various art magazines such as “Drawing Magazine,” and in several art books including most recently, “The Classical Art Studio.” She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, The National Academy of Design and at the Art Students League of New York.
Jonathan Shahn has been making sculpture, drawings and prints of the human figure since the early 1960s. He has exhibited his work frequently, both in the United States and in Europe. His most recent one-man show in New York was in 2010 at Lori Bookstein Gallery. Mr. Shahn has taught at the Tyler School in Rome, Boston University, and the Maryland Institute, among others.“I believe the hardest part of learning to make sculpture is learning how to look, trying to understand what is seen, and how these perceptions are influenced by what we know (or think we know) and by our memory. This perception and knowledge and memory of the observed world, and of the art of the past and present, all come together in the making of each sculpture.”
Gheno exhibits regularly, both nationally and in New York. Some of the locations have included: the Museum of the City of New York, the National Academy Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Caro Gallery, the Limbo Gallery, the National Arts Club, the University of Hartford Art Gallery, Westmont College and Union County College. Gheno is a member of the Pastel Society of America and the Allied Artists of America. His artwork and writings have appeared in various magazines and books, including American Artist, Drawing Magazine, Oil Highlights, Pastel Highlights, Portrait Highlights, The Best of Pastels II and the cover of The Best Sketching and Drawing. His work was included in a recent book from the Museum of the City of New York, Painting the Town and from Sterling press, Classical Life Drawing Studio. Gheno’s writings and artwork were collected into a special compilation edition of “Drawing Highlights, “(2007) devoted entirely to his paintings and drawings. He was the art critic for the Santa Barbara News and Review in the 1970s. His awards include a Rome grant from the Creative Artists Network.
Gheno’s work is included in several public and private collections including the Museum of the City of New York, the New Britain Museum of American Art and the Griswold Museum, Connecticut.
Gheno studied at the Santa Barbara Art Institute, the Art Students League of New York and at the National Academy of Design School.
Gheno teaches at the National Academy School (since 1989), the Art Students League of New York and is Professor Emeritus at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut after teaching there for eighteen years.
JANET A. COOK
The common thread throughout my recent work is a fascination with the figure; it's timeless, beautiful and powerful. Additional inspiration comes from a variety of sources ranging from the old masters to modern-day advertising, graffiti and body art. My goal is to combine these elements, along with my own imagination into a strong cohesive statement that intrigues and engages the viewer.
Cook has shown her work in numerous exhibits and has had three solo shows. In 2014 she exhibited her work at the United Nations, NYC, and in Connecticut, Ohio, and in Southern Carolina where she participated in the 'Women Painting Women' exhibition at the Principle Gallery in Charleston. In 2013 she participated in the Fountain Art Show, at the Armory, NY, and had her work shown in France, Germany, and Romania as part of Dacia Universal Art Project. Museum shows include a four-person invitational at the Trenton City Museum, NJ., Canton Museum, Ohio, Mattatuck Museum Ct, National Academy Museum, NY., Hudson River Museum, NY., and the Maritiem Muzeeum of Vlissingen, Netherlands.
Cook's work has been featured in the New York Times weekend section and reviewed and in the Times of Trenton, NJ, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Brooklyn Rail, NYArtbeat.com events section, Artdaily.org, The Epoch Times, The American Art Collector, American Artist Magazine, the Gallery and Studio Magazine, TheGreatNude.tv (which also made a Youtube video of her 2014 solo show at Dacia Gallery), Fine Art Connoisseur, NBC's 'Dateline' program, the 'Da Vinci Code', The Pastel Journal, Drawing Magazine and has written articles for the International Artist Magazine. Her figures and portraits have appeared on the front cover of Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, the Art Students League Lines Magazine, and in Poets and Artists Magazine.
Over the years she has received many awards for excellence, including: 2016 Outside the Box Finalist and an Honorable mention from the Portrait Society of America Annual Member in 2014. She was a Finalist in the 12th International Art Renewal Center Salon, and has won a Gold and Silver medal from the Allied Artists of America, A Master Circle Medal award from The International Association of Pastel Societies, Best in Show from the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. Cook is also an elected member of the Salmagundi Club where she serves as a member of the Arts Committee, Pastel Society of America, The Allied Artists of America, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and America Artists Professional League. She teaches at the Pastel Society of America and runs workshops in France and the Art Students League in NYC. Over the past few years she has been invited to judge and jury shows a number of arts organizations shows and has appear as a guest lecturer at Southern Utah University.
Her work is in the permanent collection of the Trenton City Museum, NJ. And numerous private collections through out the US, Panama, Israel and the UK,
Cook studied at the National Academy School of Art and the Art Students League in New York City, and holds a BA in Art History with honors from the De Montfort University, England, UK.