Robert Bodem is the founder of the Florence Academy of Art Sculpture Department and was its director until opening the Athens Atelier in Athens, Greece, in 2018. Mar. Bodem is the author of Drawing in Space.
As an artist, Zoe Duour (b. 1990, Thailand) explores the beauty and design of nature through the study of the human form. She strives to balance the strengths of the left and right brain creating both accurate and emotional work that resonate with humanistic ideals and universal themes.
Ms. Dufour studied at the Grand Central Atelier, the Douglass and Sturgess Casting Company, the Ashland Art Academy, the California College of the Arts Summer Intensive, and also studied with artists Gerald Heffernon and Rita Alverez. She was also the recipient of a Hudson River Fellowship.
Zoe recently won 1stplace in The National Sculpture Society's Portrait Sketch Competition for the second time (2016, 2018), and has also taken top prizes in the Representational Sculpture, American Art Awards (2017) and the Grand Central Atelier Figure Sculpture Competition (2015)
Ms. Dufour heads the Sculpture Program at Grand Central Atelier, and a studio sculptor at Studio EIS.
Eudald de Juana Gorriz was born in 1988 to a family of sculptors in a small town close to Girona (Spain), where , surrounded by an artistic and natural environment , he learned the trade and developed a deep interest for art. Studying for a Bachelor of art in Figueres (Girona ) enabled Eudald to focus on learning drawing as a tool to study the world that surrounds us .
Since Cornelia began painting with oil in her late teens, she has been particularly interested in how to create an atmosphere and a story through rendering emotion and expression using a realist approach. Her interests within painting have expanded with time to include the serenity of still-lives, the intimacy of interiors and the archetypical power of mythological themes. Cornelia enjoys painting images that are open to personal interpretations, as well as meditative paintings that celebrate the boundless beauty of nature and life.
Cornelia achieved a Bachelors of Fine Arts from The University of Victoria, B.C, Canada in 2003. In the summer months of 2002-2004 she studied with Odd Nerdrum in Norway. Following her BFA degree, she pursued a classical realist training at The Florence Academy of Art in Italy, where she graduated in 2007. While a student at the FAA she began teaching and became a Principal Instructor after graduation. She taught at the Florence Academy of Art in Sweden from 2010-2016 and recently moved to the US where she is currently teaching at The Florence Academy of Art at Mana Contemporary.
A figurative artist based in Maryland, Rick Casali’s (b. 1984) work expresses his appreciation for nature and his love of the figure. Whether painting one's portrait in oils or sculpting the figure in clay, Casali keeps his artistic principles streamlined: “It is the honest study of nature that leads one to beauty," says Casali. "I'm striving to capture the essence of what is happening…a certain color harmony in the landscape or the spirit of a person in the portrait." His style embraces classicism, Impressionism, and elements of modern design, aiming to fuse the timeless geometry of the Greeks with a fresh Impressionistic vision of reality.
After graduating from St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis in 2002, Rick attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. From 2004 to 2007, he maintained a close apprenticeship with renowned portrait artists Cedric and Joanette Egeli at their farm in Edgewater, Maryland. It was John Ebersberger who introduced Rick to the Egelis, and Rick credits John for opening his eyes to color and developing a command of drawing the portrait and figure. Casali has also studied extensively with sculptor Stephen Perkins, an expert in human construction and anatomy. Additional mentors include colorist George T. Thurmond and portrait artist Michael Shane Neal.