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December 17, 2015 - January 7, 2016
Opening Reception
Thursday, December 17, 6:00-9:00pm
Meet the Artists @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm
Featured Artists
Nicole Alger, Dina Brodsky, Kerry Brooks, Noah Buchanan, Diana Corvelle, Janet Cook, Hollis Dunlap, Elana Hagler, David Michael Hollander, Michael Fusco, Dan Gheno, Curtis Jensen, Caitlin Karolczak, David Kassan, Evan Kitson, Stefano Losi, Daniel Maidman, Iliya Mirochnik, Guno Park, Robert Pillsbury, Nicolas Sanchez, Caragh Savage, Lee Vasu and Patricia Watwood
Dacia Gallery cordially invites you to our Annual Holiday Exhibition and Celebration. This exhibition embodies an eclectic mix of contemporary artists that focus on representational art through drawings. The collection of work contains a mosaic of drawings through a life long study of anatomy, depth, color and light through the unique vision of each artist. From renowned representational artists, Daniel Maidman, David Kassan and Diana Corvelle to classically influenced Patricia Watwood and rising stars Nicolas Sanchez and Kerry Brooks. Fusing together an achievement of what is currently being created in representational art through drawings at the peak of a new movement by young inspiring artists. Come celebrate with us and meet some of today’s most intriguing artists. The drawing exhibition is co-curated by Daniel Maidman and Lee Vasu.

Nicole Alger: is currently showing in juried shows as she incorporates her imaginative figurative work into her repertoire while accepting commissions for portraits, landscapes, and architecture.    She is a member of The Copley Society of Art in Boston where she is also a member of the Portrait registry.   She is planning for a still life and landscape solo show for November 2016 to be at the Norfolk Library in Ct. Among others, her work is owned by the American Arbitration Assoc., Naropa University, and Fareed Zakaria.

Dina Brodsky: was born in Minsk, Belarus, in 1981. Her family immigrated to the US in 1990. She was educated at University of Massachusetts Amherst and New York Academy of Art, where she received her MFA. She lives and works in New York City. She has taught privately, and in several institutions, including the Brookline Center for the Arts and, most recently, the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kerry Brooks Simmons: was born in 1976 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She began a formal study of fine art at the age of eighteen at the Academy of Fine Art in Kiev, Ukraine. Her enthusiasm for the nineteenth century academic model led her to pursue a degree in Russian language and literature as preparation for further study in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the Imperial Academy of Arts, widely considered the finest art academy in the former Soviet Union. Later, her passion to continue learning led her to the New York Academy of Art, where she was able to enrich her work through a rigorous study of anatomy and classical techniques.Her work has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions, and she continues to experiment with new media and techniques while remaining committed to the long-standing tradition of tightly controlled draftsmanship and technical proficiency. Kerry lives and works in New York.

Noah Buchanan: began his artistic studies in 1994 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he studied classical painting and drawing as well as extensive studies in human anatomy. He received a Bachelor of Arts in 2000 from University of California, Santa Cruz where he studied closely under Frank Galuszka. In 2002, he received a Masters of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art where he studied with Martha Erlebacher, Steven Assael and Vincent Desiderio. He has participated in exhibitions in New York, Pennsylvania and California. He has exhibited internationally in London, Aberdeen and Tokyo. His paintings and drawings are featured in private and public collections throughout the United States. The artist is exhibits with John Pence Gallery in San Francisco. He teaches painting and drawing at several colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and Los Angeles. His work is based in the academic tradition of the figure, and favors themes of the mythic, symbolic and heroic. He is primarily interested in depicting the human figure as an anatomical event, which houses the spirit of the human condition.

Diana Corvelle: is an artist and curator born and raised in New York.  She received her MFA in Drawing from the New York Academy of Art and her BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design.  Her public works include large scale and commemorative projects at South Nassau Community Hospital and the Rockville Centre Public Library.  She has shown in exhibitions across the country and internationally, including her residency at Eden Rock Gallery in St. Barths, French West Indies, that culminated in her solo show The Delicacy of Memory: Studies on Paper.  Most recently, she curated the group exhibition Love It, Locket, Leave It at Island Weiss Gallery in Manhattan.  Diana currently lives and works in New York.

Janet Cook: recently participated in a four person invitational at the Trenton City Museum, NJ and was featured on NBC's 'Dateline' program, the 'Da Vinci Code'.  Her work was featured in the New York Times and reviewed in the Times of Trenton, NJ. The American Artist Magazine and The Pastel Journal, have also published featured articles on her work. Cook has also won numerous accolades and prizes in both state and national competitions including two first prizes at the National Academy Museum, School of Art, Best 2d work in show at The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the Silver Medal at the Allied Artists of America  and the Gold Medal Master Circle Award at the International Association of Pastel Societies. Cook is an elected Resident Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC. A Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, Her paintings are to be found in many collections including the permanent collection of the Trenton City Museum, NJ, The Buckingham Hotel NYC, and numerous private and corporate collections through out America, Israel and Europe. She studied at the National Academy School of Art and the Art Students League in New York City, with Sharon Sprung, Mary Beth Mckenzie, and Peter Cox and holds a BA in Art History with honors from DeMonford University in England.

Hollis Dunlap: was born in 1977 in northern Vermont, USA. He began painting with oils at age 14, studying Renaissance and Baroque painting and drawing extensively, and went on to study at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts where he received his BFA in 1999. While a student he was the first painter to win the National Arts Club student show first prize for 2 consecutive years. He has since developed his work into a hybrid of classical and modern styles, exploring a fusion of realist painting with abstract design with a focus on dynamic light effects and brushwork. He is a 2 time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant and has had numerous solo shows in New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Miami. He currently paints and teaches at his studio in Southeastern CT.

Elana Hagler: was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and immigrated to the United States at the age of five. She received her Bachelor of Arts in both Studio Art and Psychology from Brandeis University, Boston, and continued her studies for two years at the Master Class of the Jerusalem Studio School and in Umbria, Italy. She then received her Master of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Elana has won multiple prizes in painting and drawing and has exhibited her work across the United States and internationally. She has taught fine art at Cornell College, the Delaware College of Art and Design and at Swarthmore College. She lives and teaches in Montgomery, Alabama, and is a staff writer for the popular art blog Painting Perceptions.

David Michael Hollander’s: work is focused on figurative, still life and landscape paintings and drawings. He is primarily interested in the experience of movement and interaction between people or objects and the resonance of nature as a emotional experience. Light, forms and color and a love of the human figure motivate meditations on non-dualism, love, human interaction, and the nature of consciousness. Influences of Modern Dance, mythology and spirituality inform the work and the process. David studied at the Art Students League, National Academy of Design with merit scholarships and was a drawing instructor for both children and adults through the 92st Y and privates schools in NYC for over ten years. He exhibits in galleries in NYC and alternative spaces and has had solo shows at The Gallery For Graphic Arts, Makor/Steinhardt Center and alternative spaces in NYC.

Michael Fusco: was born in Massachusetts in 1987. He completed his Bachelors of Industrial Design at Pratt University in 2010 specializing in transportation design. Following his studies he worked as a commercial sign painter with Colossal Media - Sky High Murals, painting large scale photo-realistic advertisements in NYC, Chicago and Austin. Upon completing the apprenticeship he began work as an industrial designer at Urban Electric Power, a battery technology company in West Harlem. Throughout this time he has maintained a presence at local figure drawing groups, which serve as the basis of study for his current body of work, blending fantasy and design elements with the human form.

Dan Gheno: Born in 1955, grew up in Santa Barbara California and later moved to New York where he works at his art and teaches. He exhibits regularly, both nationally and in New York, at locations that 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’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, the Butler Institute of American Art and the Griswold Museum, Connecticut. Gheno is a member of the Pastel Society of America and the Allied Artists of America. His awards include a Rome grant from the Creative Artists Network. His artwork and writings have appeared in various magazines and books, including American Artist Magazine, Drawing Magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, Oil Highlights, Pastel Highlights, Portrait Highlights, The Best of Pastels II, Classical Life Drawing Studio and on the cover of The Best Sketching and Drawing. His work was included in the book Painting the Town, from the Museum of the City of New York. Gheno is the author of Figure Drawing Master Class, Lessons in Life Drawing, recently published by North Light. He was the art critic for the Santa Barbara News and Review in the 1970s.  Gheno studied at the Santa Barbara Art Institute, the Art Students League of New York and at the National Academy of Design School. Gheno is Professor Emeritus at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut and teaches at the National Academy School and the Art Students League of New York.

Curtis Jensen: was born at and currently resides in Salt lake City, Utah. He studied photography and illustration at Salt Lake Community College, but considers himself mainly self-taught and a life-long student of the visual arts. He is fascinated by the silent, subtle side of observable human emotions and is obsessed with the process of capturing it with line and composition in a dramatic atmosphere of light and shadow. Objectively, he tries not to capture just the likeness, or an academic representation of the subject, but also to entice the viewer into an empathetic dialogue with the artwork. He is constantly working on commissions and has sold his work to collectors all around the world. He has shown his work at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre in Australia and has participated in a group exhibition for the 3636 Project in San Francisco. When not working on his own projects, he privately teaches drawing and design from his home studio.

Caitlin Karolczak: was born on Minnesota’s Iron Range. While art education was largely missing from her early education she developed an interest in her father's (a nurse) medical books and a fondness for early Catholic imagery through her religious upbringing. Her invented imagery demonstrates this influence. Caitlin intertwines the past with the present through the combination of age-old painting techniques with provocative contemporary themes. Karolczak's painting technique is informed by 17th and 18th century portraiture. She hauntingly captures beauty in the most unimaginable circumstances, especially to a 21st century viewer. Karolczak received a BFA in Fine Arts and a BA in Art History with an emphasis in 19th century medical photography from the University of Minnesota. Subsequently, she founded her studio in Minneapolis where she first began to paint in oils.  Since 2013 she has split her time between Minneapolis & NYC. In addition to painting, Karolczak pursues installation, sculpture, and performance art often incorporating objects of biology and antiquity from her personal collection. Karolczak has exhibited internationally in Bogotá, Minneapolis, NYC, Vancouver, Miami, Europe and more. Her work is in numerous collections across the US, Australia, South America, UK, Canada, Israel & South Africa. She has been interviewed by art publications in Australia, South America, Croatia, & the USA.

David Kassan: is a contemporary American painter best known for his life-size realist portraits. The paintings combine figurative subjects with abstract backgrounds or “tromp l’oeil texture studies,” reportedly inspired by Franz Kline and Robert Rauschenberg. Of this dual representation strategy Kassan notes, “my effort to constantly learn to document reality with a naturalistic, representational painting technique allows for pieces to be inherent contradictions; paintings that are both real and abstract.” David Kassan received his his B.F.A. in 1999 from the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. He continued his studies at The National Academy, and the Art Students League of New York, both in Manhattan. Kassan currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches painting classes and workshops at various institutions around the world.

Evan Kitson: received his BFA from the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. He has also studied at the Art Students League of New York and with Odd Nerdrum at his home in France. Kitson has taught at the New York Academy of Art, The Janus Collaborative School of Art, the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, The Teaching Studios of Art, Harrisburg Area Community College, and privately in his Lancaster, PA Studio.

Stefano Losi: was born in Lake Como, near Milan, where he was raised and classically educated in fine arts.  After having received his graduate degree at the Luigi Bocconi Universityof Milan in 1993,he worked in different senior management roles at the EBRD in London and other International Institutions, and currently works at the United Nations in New York, where he is also President of the UNSRC Literary Cultural Circle. In 2005 he was nominated Knight of the Italian Republic by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. After a long series of events organized since the early 1990s in Europe, including several shows and poetry readings in formal and alternative spaces, ranging from galleries, to workers unions and social centers, in December 2008 he presented "The imperfect dialectics of experience", a solo exhibition of paintings and poems at the United Nations in New York. Stefano Losi’s work has been featured in different publications, among which a book on Italian contemporary artists curated by Renato Miracco, and published under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  In March 2011 he presented "Under The Burnt Walls", his second art and poetry solo exhibition at the United Nations in New York. The author continues to create visual art and poetry in his Studio on 23rd street in Chelsea, New York.

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.

Iliya Mirochnik: Originally from Odessa, Ukraine, Iliya immigrated to the United States in the early 1990’s with his family. From a young age Iliya pursued training in the arts. In 2013, he completed his studies in St. Petersburg, Russia in the prestigious I.E. Repin State Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture with a Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting. In his paintings he aims to connect the Russian aesthetic with American sensibilities, creating images that go beyond their origins. He has been recipient of a number of prestigious scholarships and awards both in the United States and in Russia, winning the “First Place” award in the American Portrait Society’s International Portrait Competition. Iliya was recently selected to develop his design for a public monument for Iconbay Residences in Miami, Florida in collaboration with The Related Group architecture firm. Iliya lives in New York where he paints and teaches.

Guno Park: was born in Seoul, Korea, raised in Toronto, Canada and now currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He has a diploma in Classical Animation from Sheridan College and a BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design. Following that, he received his MFA at the New York Academy of Art in 2011. Since then, he has been exhibiting internationally, illustrating for various projects and teaching drawing courses in New York. He has a passion for drawing and education, with deep interests in social realism. His work hangs in many private and public collections and has been widely published for editorial, educational and commercial projects.

Robert W. Pillsbury: Born in the small town of Derry, New Hampshire, the surrounding landscape was permanently embraced at a very young age. A career spanning thirty-five years has involved performance art, video, painting, printmaking, art instruction, and a continued implementation of a large and varied body of work. He holds a BFA degree in painting and printmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and began his career in the trenches of the newspaper industry working days and painting through the night. As an artist his passion lies in drawing, an exercise performed every day regardless of time or place. It is an unconscious function of his life, like breathing. His thoughts on his own art convey a profound and abiding respect for the natural world where he draws his inspiration. His work has been included in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions and has received many awards in the metropolitan area, as well as traveling exhibitions internationally. His life in art extends beyond the studio through his deep commitment to the historic Salmagundi Club, N.Y. where he serves as President.

Nicolas V. Sanchez: received his BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. While at the Academy, Sanchez was awarded the 2014 New York Academy of Art Post-Graduate Fellowship. He has been selected for artist residencies in China, Dominican Republic, and Venice and has been featured in VOGUE Italia, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, Drawing Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, and Juxtapoz. Sanchez has been in solo and group exhibitions in New York, China, and Italy including an exhibition in Venice during the 2015 Venice Biennale. Sanchez currently lives and works in New York City.

Caragh Savage: Graduated from West Surrey College of Art & Design with a BA (Hons) Fine Art: Sculpture 1994. Currently undertaking an MA Drawing at Wimbledon UAL. “Drawing has always formed the basis of my art; for me, it is the direct process of pure thought made visible.   I am particularly interested in portraiture, and in exploring the notion of describing facets or layers of emotion and personality.  I aim for a kind of distillation, to capture the essential elements that might describe something more than just surface appearance, thereby examining the nuances of and between resemblance, semblance and dissemblance in portraiture.”          

Lee Vasu: is an Artist, Iconographer, Curator and the Founder of Dacia Gallery in New York City. Born in Sibiu, Romania in 1979, Vasu spent his adventurous childhood in Transylvania drawing and painting. Inspired by the stunning mosaics, frescos, and the mystical sacred Icons of the Byzantine Churches of his native land, Vasu formed a unique artistic vision of the timelessness and power of art that could enlighten and inspire generations. In 1990, Vasu moved to the United States with his family and continued to study art. He received a BA in History and Art from Kent Sate University and a Masters Degree in Arts Administration and Museum Science from the University of Akron, to further pursue his curatorial passion. Following his studies, Lee represented Romania and the United States at the European House of Arts and held his first solo exhibition at the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Bucharest. Additionally, Vasu participated in group and solo exhibitions in France, Germany, Slovenia, Romania and the United States, his work can be found in numerous public and private collections. His passion for art enabled him to curate exhibitions nationally and internationally, which inspired him to establish Dacia Gallery in New York City.

Patricia Watwood: has exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide such as Hirschl & Adler, Dacia Gallery and The Forbes Galleries in NYC, Meredith Long in Houston, John Pence in San Francisco, and Galerie L’oeil du Prince, Paris. In 2012-2013, her work was viewed in six cities China in an historic presentation of American painting, Contemporary American Realism, beginning at the Beijing World Art Museum. Watwood’s solo museum exhibit, Patricia Watwood: Myths & Individuals was on view in 2011-2012: St. Louis University Museum of Art, and The Forbes Galleries, NYC. Watwood earned her MFA with Honors from New York Academy of Art, and studied with Jacob Collins as a founding member of the Water Street Atelier. Watwood has been an adjunct professor of drawing at New York Academy of Art, and has given lectures and workshops across the country, and is a featured art instructor with craftsy.com

Artwork by Curtis Jensen Artwork by David Michael Hollander Artwork by Kerry Brooks Artwork by Noah Buchanan Artwork by David Kassan Artwork by Stefano Losi Artwork by Janet Cook Artwork by Nicole Alger Artwork by Evan Kiston Artwork by Dina Brodsky Artwork by Michael Fusco Artwork by Guno Park Artwork by Elana Hagler Artwork by Hollis Dunlap Artwork by Robert Pillsbury Artwork by Dan Gheno Artwork by Nicolas Sanchez Artwork by Patricia Watwood Artwork by Caitlin Karolczak Artwork by Caragh Savage Artwork by Diana Corvelle Artwork by Daniel Maidman Artwork by Iliya Mirochnik