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Who I was as a child has shaped who I am as an artist today. Every painting and every idea encompasses nostalgia. All of my inspiration comes from those real world experiences and personal stories.
Non-traditional portraits painted in traditional ways are my greatest passion. I paint people in my life that I'm trying to make a connection with, telling a story that's personal and individual to each piece. Each piece seeks to go beyond realism and capture the essence of the subject. With each painting, my goal is to create as much honesty about that individual, allowing to capture the spirit of the person I’m painting.
I completed my master's from the Academy of Art University in May 2015 and am currently teaching adult in my studio as well as workshops all over the world.
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1751 Bellamah Ave NW #1107 Albuquerque, NM 87104T: 505-506-1327 E: MFA Painting, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA 2005 BS Fashion Merchandising, University of Texas, Austin, Portrait Drawing: David Kassan, Sadie Valeri Atelier, San Francisco, CA 2015 Portrait Painting: David Kassan, Rochester, NY (assistant 2014 Portrait Painting: Costa Vavagiakis, Art Students League, NYC, NY 2014 Pastel Portrait Drawing: David Kassan, Gage Art School, Seattle, Drawing the Portrait from Life, Hull Acedmey, Dallas, TX
2018 Drawing the Portrait from Life, Seville, Spain
2018 Painting Beyond the Photo Workshop, Art Studio Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
2018 Drawing the Portrait from Life Workshop, Art Studio Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
2017 Painting Beyond the Photo Workshop, Art Studio Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
2017 Drawing Beyond the Photo Workshop, Stellenbosch, South Africa
2017 Drawing Beyond the Photo Workshop, Art Studio Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
2017 Painting the Skull from Life, Art Studio Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
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