Instagram’s Paintguide has been taken over by Anthony Waichulis from November 6, until November 13, 2014.  Paintguide, an Instagram page developed by Henrik Uldalen began as a means for him to share art in which he found great inspiration.  Uldalen said, “I then wondered how I could use this medium to create something really interesting for anyone interested in good representational art.” 

With that vision in mind, Paintguide has since morphed into a stage in which other chosen artists are allowed to share their own personal art, as well as that which inspires them. Many greats, including Waichulis, are invited to commandeer the page and share that inspiration with its almost 50,000 followers.  When asked about his guest appearance on the page, Waichulis said, “I am always very excited at the opportunity to share the creative efforts that have heavily influenced my artistic development.  The opportunity to celebrate such inspirations with an audience as large and diverse as those of the popular Instagram Paintguide is a truly treasured experience.  I sincerely hope that the pieces I choose will find their way to those who may garner inspiration for their own artistic journey.”

November 10, 2014

November 2nd marked the second anniversary of the Ani Art Academies’ Dominicana School.  A celebration was held at the school to acknowledge the remarkable work that has been contributed by the staff and students.  It is their relentless dedication that has allowed the school to reach this milestone.  The Dominicana campus is filled with apprentices that are dedicated to developing their skills and we simply cannot wait to see where their artistic endeavors will lead them.  We congratulate instructor Edward Dillon and his students and look forward to many anniversaries to come! 

November 7, 2014

Ani Art Academies Waichulis alumni Brian O’Neill joins Anthony Waichulis, Phil Kidd, and Omar Rodriguez Jr. as they exhibit work in the 30th Annual Francesca Anderson Fine Art Almost Miniatures Show.  This year’s show highlights the work of more than 50 artists from the United States and Europe.  Collectively, the artists are exhibiting over 200 paintings that are each no larger than 8”x10”. 

Brian’s featured works, “The Proposal” and “A Touch of Red,” are the first paintings that he will exhibit at Francesca Anderson Fine Arts.  When asked about the show, he said, “It is always an honor and privilege to have my work shown in a gallery that is new to me.  I love the theme of the show.  Almost Miniatures is a playful concept and is a wonderful example of the fact that some of the most powerful images can be the smallest in the room.  They need not be a huge painting to capture your attention if executed well and infused with the artists’ energy and passion.”

Brian proves this point exactly with his painting “The Proposal”.  When speaking about the piece, Brian says, “I wanted to challenge myself with this painting to tell a story about relationships and the risk we take in love and commitment to one another as well as a sense of temperance and mood.”  Although small in size, this painting truly captures the viewer and transports them to a magical scene of romance and anticipation. 

Brian’s second painting, “A Touch of Red,” along with the works of Anthony, Phil, and Omar, can be seen at the 30th Annual Almost Miniatures show at Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, Massachusetts, showing November 21, 2014 through January 17, 2015.  More information can be found at

November 3, 2014

Artist Rodney O’Dell Davis’ painting “The Great Mortality” is currently being displayed in the show Roadside Attractions: A Collection of Oddities.  The painting curiously displays significant elements surrounding the Black Death of the 14th century. The group exhibit runs now through November 8, 2014 at Santa Monica California’s Copro Gallery.  It features a collection of paintings, sculptures, and drawings that are slanted toward the dark side.  More information can be found at Copro Gallery at

October 30, 2014

Gallery 1261’s 2nd Annual Contemporary Realism Show attracted a full house at its opening reception Friday evening.  Anthony and Leah Waichulis were among the guests as they visited the Denver, Colorado gallery to view their own work, as well as the work of other celebrated realist artists.  Many of the featured contributors attended the highly anticipated event, which will run through November 29, 2014. Gallery 1261 is located in the heart of Denver’s Golden Triangle Arts District, and is one the country’s finest contemporary realism galleries. Information can be found at:

October 28, 2014

(b.1988) Shanicia has a love for what some consider contemporary art.  This love motivated her to acquire training from Louise Brooks in 2005 when her true talent was discovered.  To continue improving, she was later tutored by Jose Juan Morena Francis.  With an urge to learn how to further express herself through her work and gain new skills and techniques, she began her apprenticeship with Timothy W. Jahn at the Ani Art Academy Anguilla in 2012.

She is currently continuing her studies at the Academy where her drawing skills are being enhanced.  Shanicia has always been fascinated by landscapes and captures the beauty of her island's scenery, culture, and history through her work.  She intends for people to get a feeling of immersion when they view her pieces.  Her work has graced the walls of exhibits at Devonish Art Gallery in Anguilla. She hopes her persistence and passion for art will be an inspiration to many.


October 23, 2014

The 11th Annual ARC Salon has officially begun and is open to contestants through January 15, 2015.  The competition is known for showcasing some of the world’s best contemporary realist artists as they compete for recognition, prizes, and the chance to have their work highlighted throughout various galleries, museums, websites, newspapers, and magazines.

Notable additions to this year’s ARC Salon include a live exhibition that features the work of various winners and finalists at the Museum of European Art Modern in Barcelona, Spain, as well as an exhibition of finalists chosen for a group exhibit at Rehs Contemporary Galleries in New York City. 

To view the ARC Salon Prospectus, please click below:

October 21, 2014

Roneidy Antonio Caraballo Bonilla (b. October 27, 1986) Ever since Roneidy was young, he was very interested in art. He has always been on the lookout for an opportunity to study art as there are not many here in the Dominican Republic. When he was 14 years old, he went to Santiago and studied art for six months. He then found the Ani Art Academies in his hometown of Rio San Juan. It is here that he is making great strides artistically.

October 17, 2014

The Luzerne County Community College Foundation held the 22nd Annual Scholarship Donor and Community Outreach Dinner at the Woodlands Inn and Resort on Wednesday evening.  The dinner is a yearly event that raises money to provide scholarships, technology upgrades, and support systems that otherwise would not be funded.  Joining the faculty, staff, students, LCCC Board of Trustees and Board of Directors were Ani Art Academies’ Leah Waichulis and Anya Davis.  Leah and Anya were pleased to meet this year’s recipients of the Ani Art Academies Waichulis Scholarships, Bethany Ascenzi, majoring in theater, and William Tarutis III, pursuing graphic design.  We wish them luck in their college careers and future endeavors!

October 15, 2014

Anthony Waichulis and Mandy Hallenius will host a two-day workshop at Ani Art Academies Waichulis aimed to provide art teachers with a fresh approach for teaching visual literacy in K-12 classrooms.  The workshop, which will be held February 22-23 in Bear Creek, Pennsylvania, will explore several aspects of visual perception and language development to uncover an incredibly efficient method for introducing meaningful visual literacy development in the classroom.  A combination of lectures and exercises will cover topics including basic goals, rational sequencing, skill building, and collateral contributions to other areas of education.  Limited space is available and further information can be found at:

October 14, 2014

(b. 1994) Victoria spent a fair bit of her early childhood sniffing scented markers and chewing up old crayons.  She found that drawing and painting were her obsessions; and so, Victoria decided to form her passion for art into a viable career. It was 2012 when she graduated high school and was presented an immediate seat at the Ani Art Academy Waichulis studio. Now an artist studying under the talented trompe l’oeil artist, Anthony Waichulis, Victoria aims to develop a high enough level of technical skill so she, too, can enjoy drawing and painting realistically.

October 10, 2014

The Da Vinci Initiative is a foundation dedicated to providing skill-based art education that deepens the understanding and applications of the visual language that surrounds us.  The foundation is currently gaining exposure as major news publications have begun sharing their important mission with readers.  The Epoch Times recently featured an article, “Teaching Teachers the Basics of Visual Arts,” which highlights the importance of providing skill-based visual arts curricula to primary and secondary public schools. 

Anthony Waichulis and Ani Art Academies are proud to be contributing to this very important cause by developing a K-12 adaption of the celebrated Ani Core Programs: The Language of Drawing and The Language of Painting.  Copies of this highly anticipated adaption are available for free on the Da Vinci Initiative website listed here:
Read the full article in The Epoch Times here:

October 9, 2014

Ani Art Academies Dominicana instructor Edward Dillon was greeted with warm smiles while visiting the Rio San Juan Grade School last week.  Ed spent time getting to know the students while providing information and answering questions about Ani Art Academies Dominicana, and the importance of art education for all ages.  Ed and Ani Dominicana are planning to partner with the school to paint murals and provide art classes to students in the near future!

October 6, 2014

Ani Art Academies are proud to announce a wonderfully busy exhibition schedule for the upcoming year!  Artists from all four academies have been hard at work, and many will be displaying the fruits of their labor throughout the upcoming shows that we are so proud to be a part of.

Ani Art Academies are ecstatic to be participating in the following highly anticipated events:

Gallery 1261: Contemporary Realism
October 24th-November 30th, Denver, Colorado

Opening October 24, 2014 at Gallery 1261 in Denver, Colorado, Contemporary Realism will showcase 35 figurative and still-life paintings, including Anthony Waichulis’s Sunday Morning, Curious Connections, and Imarirbus, and Leah Waichulis’s Waking.  The exhibit will highlight the work of 15 artists who “conscientiously observe and elevate the everyday, re-creating reality in two dimensions and sometimes tinkering with viewer perception.”

Francesca Anderson’s Fine Art: 30th Annual “Almost Miniatures” Exhibit
November 21st, 2014 - January 17th, 2015, Lexington, MA

The 30th anniversary of the gallery’s signature show, Almost Miniatures, will highlight 50 artists showing over 200 paintings that are no larger than 8”x10”.  The show, aimed to offer very small, yet exquisite pieces, will be a collection of paintings on diverse subject matter offering fine detail and quality. This is a must-see show if you are in the New England area!

Rehs Contemporary Galleries: Sexes
April 18th-May 15, 2015, New York, New York

We are beyond excited to be holding another major exhibition with Rehs Contemporary Galleries.  The upcoming show, Sexes, will demonstrate the classically trained Representational skills of Ani artists from around the globe.  The gallery represents contemporary artists that create original works in a traditional style and exude superior technical skills, qualities that we pride ourselves on at Ani.

Misericordia University Pauly Friedman Gallery: Capturing Realism IV
July 11th-September 30th,2015, Dallas, PA

The wildly successful Ani Art Academies biennial signature show is set to open July 11, and will feature some of the most breathtaking Realist drawings and paintings of today.  Ani instructors, alumni, and apprentices from three countries will come together to showcase their impressive skill and talent in this highly anticipated show.

Lovetts Gallery: The Lollipop Guild Invitational Miniatures Show
June 19th-June 20th, 2015, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Invitational miniatures show based on the theme, The Lollipop Guild. The exhibit is meant to draw artists out of their comfort zone and apart from the status quo.  Although the works will be a maximum of 12”x12”, the pieces are sure to be bursting with creative spins on the clever theme.

Lovetts Gallery: The Birds
October 23rd-24th,2015, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Lovetts Gallery will host an invitational exhibition of original works of birds, about birds, and inspired by the Hitchcock classic.  This concept show will allow artists to add some creative flare to a common subject that many of us are familiar with, birds!  The inventive theme will definitely spark some creative inspiration and we can’t wait to see the many directions in which the artists go.

As you can see, we truly have an action packed year ahead of us!  We look forward to new undertakings and accomplishments and are so proud to be sharing our work on the walls of the esteemed galleries listed above.  We hope that all of you will be able to make it to some of the above events, and we look forward to seeing you there!

October 3, 2014

Anthony Waichulis has been selected to sit among a panel of esteemed judges for the upcoming IX 2015 show.  He is among the five experts that will elect artists to be featured and juried in The Main Show and The Weekend Salon in September of 2015.  IX is dedicated solely to imaginative realism and brings together artists, students, collectors, and fans for an annual gathering intended to inspire and create further awareness and zeal for imaginative realism.  IX8 will take place September 23-27, and is a multi-part experience including an exhibition, symposium, and gathering in celebration of Realism. 

September 30, 2014

The first annual Ani Art Academies' Drawing competition has concluded and the winners have been announced!  A panel of accomplished and celebrated judges including Steven Diamant, the founder of Arcadia Fine Arts, Howard Rehs of Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Tim Reynolds, founder of Ani Art Academies, Kara Lysandra Ross, director of operations for the Art Renewal Center, Peter Trippie, editor of Fine Art Connoisseur, and Sadie Valeri, director of Sadie Valeri Atelier, carefully examined each piece of art looking for the qualities that best represent an artist in true command of their talent.

We are so proud of the artists and work that was submitted and are thrilled to be able to recognize the following artists and their profuse talent:

Congratulations to our first place winner, Patricia Diaz, with her drawing Hopeful.  Tied for 2nd and 3rd place are Rodney Davis’s Rue and Phil Kidd’s Fable Fruit

Also winning honorable mention are Chelsea Herron's I Shot an Arrow into the Air, Canita Ruan's Indomitable Will, Esteban Rosario's Pasion Dominicana, Gineece Gumbs’s Pastor Ambrose, Ricky Dominguez's Tantrum, Victoria Steel's Beyond Child's Play, Doris Figueroa's Expressing Deep Feelings, and Roneidy Bonilla's A Happy Moment.

Winners will be granted entry into the most challenging and diverse competition for Representational artists today, The ARC Salon.  First place will also be given complementary framing of their work, and additional prizes to be awarded include Dick Blick gift certificates.

September 25, 2014