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Conversion by Erin Anderson, Oil on Copper, 16x20
December 11 - January 11, 2015
Opening Reception
Thursday, December 11, 6:00-9:00pm
Meet the Artists @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm
Featured Artists
Lia Ali, Erin Anderson, Casey Childs, Janet Cook, Max Ginsburg, Kristy Gordon, Leah Lopez, Daniel Maidman, Adam Miller, Joseph Perrotto, Dominique St Cyr and Patricia Watwood.

Dacia Gallery proudly presents Nunc Veritatem our Annual Holiday Group Exhibition on Figurative Art. This exhibition embodies an eclectic mix of contemporary artists that focus on representational art. The collection of work contains a mosaic of figures and portraits through a life long study of anatomy, depth, color and light through the unique vision of each artist. From renowned representational painters, Adam Miller and Janet Cook to classically influenced Patricia Watwood and rising stars Erin Anderson and Daniel Maidman. Fusing together an achievement of what is currently being created in representational art at the peak of a new movement by young inspiring artists. Come celebrate the holidays with us and meet some of today’s most intriguing figurative artists.


Lia Ali’s art is influenced by the beauty of nature, people and animals. Using watercolors and oil paints, Ali works with diverse Renaissance methods. Originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, she studied at Bulgaria’s National Academy of Arts until 2009. She was commissioned to paint the murals at the Church of St. Petka of the Saddlers in Sofia. Her artwork, has been featured in art exhibitions worldwide and can be found in numerous prestigious art collections across the globe. Lia also studied art at the New York Academy of Art and exhibits her work in NYC and Europe.

Erin Anderson is a fine artist working in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The focus of her work is centered upon portraiture and depicting the human figure. More specifically, her interests lie in the emotional nature of human dynamics, both internal and interpersonal while simultaneously exploring the duality of spirituality and consciousness throughout the course of people's everyday lives and interactions. Her work has been featured in major magazines and is in the home of collectors around the U.S.

J. A. Cook had her first solo show at Dacia in 2012 and has exhibited at galleries and institutions in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. 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, Mattatuck MuseumCt, National Academy Museum, NY, Hudson River Museum, NY, and the Maritiem Muzeeum of Vlissingen, Netherlands. Cook’s work was also featured on NBC's 'Dateline' program, the 'Da Vinci Code' and has appeared in the New York Times and reviewed in the Times of Trenton, NJ, The American Art Collector, The Pastel Journal, American Artist Magazine, and the Gallery and Studio Magazine, The Times Square Chronicle, TheGreatNude.tv, Fine Art Connoisseur and The New York Optimist.  Over the years she has received many awards for excellence, including a Gold and Silver medal from the Allied Artists of America and Best in Show from the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. She is an elected member of the Salmagundi Club, Pastel Society of America, and The Allied Artists of America. She teaches at the Pastel Society of America and runs workshops in France. Her work is many private collections in the US, UK, Panama, Israel and the permanent collection of the Trenton City Museum, NJ. Originally from 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 DeMonford University, England, UK.

Max Ginsburg has exhibited extensively. He recently had a retrospective at The Butler Institute of American Art (Sept. 15 - Nov. 13, 2011) and at The Salmagundi Club, Summer of 2011, Dacia Gallery in NYC and at other public venues. He has won many awards, most recently the "Best in Show" in the Art Renewal Center online competition of 2011 for his War Pieta painting.  Several of his paintings will tour five museums in China with the World Art Museum and ACOPAL in 2012 - 2013. From 1980 - 2004 he was one of America's foremost illustrators and for over forty years he taught art at The Art Students League, The School of Visual Art and the High School of Art and Design. Ginsburg recently published a coffee table art book of his paintings (1956 - 2010), "Max Ginsburg - Retrospective", available online atwww.ginsburgretro.com.  He has also recently completed a DVD which includes a three hour Painting from Life demo, an interview with Peter Trippi, his exhibition at The Butler Institute and more.

Kristy Gordon’s work is a frank and intimate reflection of her curiosity about other people, transformations and self-discovery.  She has been a full-time, professional painter since 2004, exhibiting her work internationally and earning numerous awards including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, an Award of Excellence from the Portrait Society of America, and is a finalist for the 2013 Kingston Prize for Canadian portraiture.  She has been widely featured in numerous magazines, art publications, radio and television shows, including Fine Art Connoisseur’s Three to Watch, The Artist’s Magazine’s 28th Annual Art Competition, Southwest Art’s Emerging Artist: 21 Under 31 and Bravo!’s Star Portraits.  Her paintings hang in numerous collections worldwide including the Government of Ontario Art Collection.

Leah Lopez was born in New Mexico where brilliant colors are the backdrop for a unique landscape, where diverse cultures have converged with tradition and art, making a “Land of Enchantment”.  Growing up in the midst of this was the beginning of the woman and artist we know today.  However, Leah would meet many challenges.  As a child, Leah’s creative growth was stifled by a devoutly religious family.  She imagined a life where she could freely express her creative passions and began plotting her escape.  At age 18, Leah decided to pursue it and was rejected by her friends and family. Leah spent the next few years immersed in the study of drawing and painting. When possible, she’d take classes then return to her studio and experiment for days and nights. Eventually, she developed a dexterous handling of her favorite medium, oil, and Leah became a well-known emerging artist in the Southwest.  Around this time, she reunited with her sister.  Though, grateful for the time they had together, it was short lived when her sister died in an accident.   Devastated and seeking solace, Leah recalled how they used to watch films with characters living lives full of adventure.  And for Leah the greatest place for an adventure was New York City. Life has a strange way of repeating itself.  Once again, taking just the necessities and a few months’ rent, Leah began a new journey into an unknown world.  She recalls, “I’ve always been an explorer and a seeker, these experiences serve as inspiration for my paintings”.  New York would prove to be her greatest challenge.  Leah had to work harder than ever and her hard work paid off when she opened up the Leah Lopez Atelier at Union Square.  As an artist, she is highly respected and her paintings are celebrated. With gallery representation across the states and students flocking to the Atelier to study, she maintains the same hard working schedule to develop her latest body of work.  More than ever, Leah’s paintings are passionately inspired by her life and experiences on this riveting and creative journey.

Daniel Maidman's work has been shown in juried exhibitions nationally, as well as having been selected by the Saatchi Gallery to be displayed at Gallery Mess in London. His art and writing on art have been featured in ARTnews, Poets/Artists, American Art Collector, Hyperallergic, International Artist, Manifest, The Artist’s Magazine, and the publishing arm of SUNY-Potsdam. He blogs for The Huffington Post and Artist Daily. His writing on Da Vinci is currently taught at DePaul University and Roosevelt University. His paintings range from the figure and portraiture, to still lives and landscapes, to investigations of machinery, architecture, and microflaura. His images occupy a spectrum from high rendering to almost total abstraction. His work is included in numerous private collections, among them those of New York Magazine senior art critic Jerry Saltz, Chicago collector Howard Tullman, Disney senior vice president Jackson George, best-selling novelist China Miéville, and author Kathleen Rooney. He lives and paints in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Adam Miller's paintings explore the intersection between mythology, ecology and humanism. Visually inspired by baroque and Hellenistic narrative painting they take a polytheistic approach to contemporary folklore, questions of progress and the experience of human narrative in the face of technological change and the struggle to find meaning in a world poised between expansion and decay. Miller's work is mannerist in it's use of the human form as a vehicle of feeling and thought beyond the literal representation of a particular person. Born in 1979 in Oregon, He began an apprenticeship to artist Allen Jones at thirteen years old and at Sixteen, was accepted to the Florence Academy Of Art in Florence and continued his studies under Michael John Angel in Florence. For the next four years Miller traveled throughout Europe studying the work of the Baroque and Mannerist painters. His work has been commissioned by Robert Pamplin Jr., the Chairman of the Board of the Portland Art Museum, Mike Tyson, and Eric Rhodes, publisher of Fine Art Connoiseur. Miller has exhibited in both the U.S and Europe. Adam Miller has been described in reviews as a "rising star of realism" and it was said that he "would be considered a master in any era".

Joseph Perrotto received his BFA in illustration from The School of Visual Arts in NYC and is a recipient for the 2011 Student Scholarship from the Society of Illustrators. He was born and raised in New York where he currently works and lives. He studied under master portrait artist Marvin Mattelson and works primarily in oil. His figurative work seeks to explore narratives evoking human emotions and complex connections. He has exhibited widely in New York including a show exploring Classical Myths at the Visual Arts Gallery.

Patricia Watwood has exhibited at galleries and institutions worldwide such as Hirschl & Adler and The Forbes Galleries in NYC, Galerie Albert Benamou in Paris, and John Pence in San Francisco. Her work is currently on tour in China in the historic presentation of American Realism, Contemporary American Realism, which opened in September 2012 at the Beijing World Art Museum.  The tour travels to Dalien, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Wuhan, and Shanghai throughout 2012 and 2013. Watwood’s solo museum exhibit, Patricia Watwood: Myths & Individuals opened in October 2011 at St. Louis University Museum of Art, and traveled to The Forbes Galleries, NYC, in the spring of 2012. Her paintings travel through worlds of mythology, allegory, and contemporary human life.  Her images are carefully designed to convey the beauty and emotion of the visual world.  Philosophically, the paintings reflect the artist’s search for meaning and desire for spiritual connection with both subjects and viewers. Her paintings have featured her in numerous art publications, and two covers of American Artist magazine.  Her portrait commissions include the astronomer Cecelia Payne-Gaposchkin for Harvard University; the journalist and anti-lynching campaigner Ida B Wells for the Kennedy School of Government; and Mayor Clarence Harmon, for the St. Louis City Hall. Watwood earned her MFA with Honors from New York Academy of Art, and studied with Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier, and Ted Seth Jacobs at the Ecole Albert Defois in France.  Watwood has been an adjunct professor of drawing at New York Academy of Art and has given lectures and workshops across the country.  She is a writer and blog contributor for American Artist and Artist Daily publications. She is also the Vice-President of ACOPAL, a non-profit artist alliance created to build international relations between realist artists in the US and China. Watwood lives with her husband and two daughters in Brooklyn, New York.

Artwork by Adam Miller Artwork by Patricia Watwood Artwork by Kristy Gordon Artwork by Leah Lopez Artwork by Daniel Maidman Artwork by Joseph Perrotto Artwork by Casey Childs Artwork by Dominique St Cyr Artwork by Janet Cook