The 2nd annual Contemporary Realism show, set to open October 24th and run through November 30th at Gallery 1261 in Denver, Colorado, will showcase 35 figurative and still-life paintings, including Anthony Waichulis’s Sunday Morning Galleria, Curious Connections, and Imarirbus, and Leah Waichulis’s Waking.  The exhibit highlights the work of 15 artists “who conscientiously observe and elevate the everyday, re-creating reality in two dimensions and sometimes tinkering with viewer perception.”  Contemporary Realism is a must-see show if you are in the Denver area!

September 24, 2014

Congratulations to Ani artists Jason Brady, Victoria Steel,Tim Reynolds, Susan Wallace, and Dexter Welcome, as well as Ani alumni Emily Garlick, Lynne Garlick, and Elena Green for being selected as winners of The Best of Drawing Competition, Strokes of Genius 7, Depth, Dimension, and Space.  We are beyond excited to have such a large number of students and alumni representing Ani in this showcase of talent and skill.

Each year the Strokes of Genius Competition highlights the most accomplished artists in a variety of styles and subjects.  This year’s theme, Depth, Dimension, and Space, allowed the artists to highlight their exemplarily skills in giving a two-dimensional surface the illusion of taking on a three-dimensional form.  The broad category allowed the contestants to examine their own personal ideas of the complex meaning behind depth, dimension, and space; words that can stimulate different perceptions within each of us.   

The winning artwork, which will be featured in North Light Books’ showcase of the best contemporary drawing are, Jason Brady’s Pyrrhic Victory, Emily Garlick’s Maduky, Lynn Garlick’s Esme’s Curiosity; If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On, Tim Reynolds’ Overkill, Elena Green’s The Eye of the Day, Victoria Steel’s Unforetold Expectations, Susan Wallace’s Love Bytes, and Dexter Welcome’s The Composer.

September 19, 2014

In an article titled “Tricking the Eye,” Ani Artists participating in the Francesca Anderson Fine Art Gallery Trompe L’Oeil exhibit were praised for their compelling pieces exhibiting high levels of exceptional skill.  The article notes that, “When well done, the trompe l’oeil painting is a delight to behold, a reason to marvel at the artist’s technical proficiency, and to smile at our own gullibility.

The exhibit is currently running now through November 2nd and features over 20 artists.  Part of the proceeds from any sales during the show will be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project. To read the full article please visit:

September 17, 2014

As a new member of the Ani Art Academies team, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the plethora of Ani friends and family located around the globe.  I am absolutely thrilled to embark upon what I know will be a wonderful journey filled with both challenges and rewards. 

Hailing from Lake Silkworth, Pennsylvania, I began my educational career studying Photography and Commercial Art at Luzerne County Community College.  My strong passion for travel has allowed me to photograph and share some of the most captivating landscapes and landmarks from around the world.  After spending some time exploring various destinations while pursuing my photography interests, I began realizing a desire to take my education to the next level.  Feeling like I could make a valuable contribution to the world of business, I decided to pursue a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree through Misericordia University.  I am now currently working towards earning my Master’s of Business Administration degree at Misericordia, with a specialization in management.  It has been my dream to search out a career that would allow me to be involved in a creative environment while utilizing my business education and experience.

I am so excited and thankful to have found my place in the Ani Community, where I am able to contribute to both the business and creative sides of operations.  It is such a joy to share the company of seasoned and aspiring artists that exemplify such an admirable and unwavering dedication and passion for their work.  I look forward to many years to come with this wonderful organization and am looking forward to being a valuable asset within the Ani Art Academies.

September 15, 2014

Canita N.N. Ruan (b. 1994) has had a love for art from a very young age. Her parents believe, that children should be well rounded and so exposed her to many experiences including music and art.  However, art was her passion. Realizing this, her parents invested in art supplies and in sending her to many visual art classes, where she was tutored by Mrs. Yasmini Lloyd, Mr. Dervin Leiba and finally Mr. Jose Juan Romero.  Her love for painting motivated her to enter various art competitions, where she was awarded top prizes for most, among them her 10 year old view of Anguilla’s Moonsplash.  These opportunities inspired her to further her skills in art at CSEC and CAPE level Examinations where she excelled.

In February 2012, while a 6th Form Student, she enrolled as an apprentice at Ani Art Academies Anguilla to further enhance her drawing and painting skills.  Through this experience Canita aspires to portray art at a different level in Anguilla, especially with the hope of representing and preserving the beauty of her beautiful island through her paintings.  At present Canita uses her skills in her own face painting business and eventually hopes to become an event planner and a tattoo artist.

September 12, 2014

We are very thrilled to announce that Ani Artist Phil Kidd was awarded “Best Tromple L’Oeil, Small” in the upcoming Trompe L’Oeil exhibition at Francesca Anderson’s Fine Art.  Featured above is his award winning 10”x8” painting, titled “Prisoner of Adhesion”. This painting, among other paintings by Omar Rodriguez Jr. and Anthony Waichulis, will be on display at the gallery from September 12 to November 1, 2014.

You can learn more about the exhibit by visiting the FA Fine Art here:
Gallery contact and hours:
Francesca Anderson Fine Art
Portraits North
56 Adams Street
Lexington, MA 02420
Phone: (781) 862-0660
Hours: Wed.-Sat. 10AM-5PM.

September 11, 2014

Ricky was born in the town of Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic on May 19, 1995. Since he was very little, he showed a great interest in art of all kinds. He has earned accolades in several different types of art, including music, dance, and painting. Ricky always takes part in the art and design contests every year for Carnival, and has won several top honors for his work.  In 2013, Ricky received the opportunity to study at the Ani Art Academies Dominicana, and he is currently there continuing his studies with the dream of becoming a great and outstanding artist.

September 5, 2014

We are very pleased to announce that Ani Artist Jason Brady has taken first place in the 2014 Art Renewal Center’s Annual Scholarship Competition!

Each year, The ARC Scholarship Fund awards emerging realist artists to help them continue their studies at ARC Approved Ateliers and Schools.  Out of a worldwide competition, 16 emerging artists were recipients of the scholarship, which is hailed by the ARC as one of their most important programs.  First placed winners received $3,500 and 2nd and 3rd place winners took home $1,800 and $1,000 respectively.  This year, the competition was judged by Frederick Ross, Founder and Chairman of the Art Renewal Center and Dr. Vern Swanson, lecturer/scholar/writer and expert on 19th Century European Art and Russian Art through the 20th Century.  For a full listing of winners, please visit:

Congratulations to the winners!

August 26, 2014

This past week, Pollard & Santoli: Masters Gallery released Tintype translations of Anthony Waichulis paintings, “Totem” and "Travelogue,” along with Leah Waichulis’s painting, “Windows.”  These beautiful works, originally oil paintings, were transformed into unique, wet-plate photographs by the gallery.

Pollard & Santoli: Masters Gallery is a wet-plate photography studio that creates “Tintype” photo replications of paintings, drawings, and sculptures by contemporary masters.  A Tintype photograph aims to be life-like by supplying the viewer with multiple layers of focus within the work, mimicking the way a human eye works.  Leah and Anthony’s works are now displayed as Tintypes among other works by fellow contemporary realist painters.

August 18, 2014

Opening tomorrow in San Francisco at the John Pence Gallery is the highly anticipated 'Drawings' show.  We are thrilled to see several Ani Art Academies artists featured in this exhibit.  Make sure to check out this amazing show if you are in The Bay Area!

Where and When:
John Pence Gallery
750 Post Street
San Francisco, California 94109
Phone: (415) 441-1138

Opening reception: Thursday, August 14th, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
August 14 - September 26, 2014

August 13, 2014

Remember to check out the Ani Art Academies (Waichulis, Anguilla, and Dominicana) Facebook and Twitter pages for the most up-to-date information about exhibitions, news, events, apprentice artwork and much more!


And for those of you immersed in the Language of Drawing (LoD) and Language of Painting (LoP), make sure you are a member of the Facebook groups and join the conversation with others.

August 8, 2014

"An impossible series of occurrences led me to this path. This all began in northeastern Pennsylvania, where I still live. While in college for sustainable agriculture I sustained a shoulder injury and hearing disorder. My mind and body being a bit tattered, I reconsidered life and started studying classical Russian drawing and painting with Vyacheslav Shevchenko. Later, I attended the local community college for visual arts where my eccentric artist uncle, who has been taking classes there for over 13 years, told me about a former teacher of the college living up the mountains who was a master tromp l’oeil painter. Intrigued, I followed up on this lead which led me to the front door of the Ani Art Academy. In early 2012 Anthony accepted me as his apprentice where I continue to hone my skills under his guidance.

Art is my most natural primal instinct. My earliest memory I can recall is of me sketching, it was a drawing of a lion if you must know. When I began serious training as an artist my perceptions began to drastically change. This is around the time when I realized I wanted to paint for the rest of my life. I was becoming more aware of the ordinary beauty that always surrounds me which I continually overlook. That year when spring blossomed I was seeing an entirely new world and realizing how transient the environment is.

Art gives me a sense of purpose. It is what truly matters. When creating I fall into a state of rapture becoming mesmerized by the lights, shadows, reflexes and the infinite subtleties of color. I become obsessed attempting to recreate what lies before me. This intense focus and concentration pushes me into a state of flow. I disappear and become what I am drawing. In a more sentimental aspect, art also gives something me to hold on to. It strengthens my memories against an ever receding past. Sure I could take a photograph, but when I draw or paint something it becomes engraved into my brain as I study every millimeter of it. I make something where there was once a void of blank nothingness. I can never properly express myself with words, so symbols speak for me. With my pictures I can possibly even change the way they momentarily see things and maybe hypnotize the viewer, even if only for just a second."

August 6, 2014

Apprentice Victoria Steel will have her charcoal drawing, "Cybernation" on display in the show entitled ‘Heart of Wires’ at Arch Enemy Arts Gallery & Boutique in Philadelphia, PA.  "Heart of Wires" is a collection of artwork inspired by society and future technologies.  The exhibit will open Friday, August 1st, 2014 with an opening reception at 6:00 PM.  Please visit Arch Enemy Arts website at: for more information.

July 24, 2014

Out today!  The latest Tony Curanaj and Edward Minoff podcast: “Suggested Donation" with special guest, Anthony Waichulis.  Anthony, Tony, and Ted discussed art, art education, and a wide range of related topics in this 98 minute long podcast.

Listen to the "Suggested Donation" here:

July 15, 2014

This September, Francesca Anderson (FA) Fine Art will feature several new Ani Artists works for their upcoming exhibit, Trompe L’oeil.  Specializing in Contemporary Realism and Portraiture, FA Fine art has been hosting popular shows in the Boston and Lexington area since 1983.

As some of you may already know, Trompe L’Oeil means “trick of the eye.” It is a sub-genre of realism in which imagery is generated with such verisimilitude so as to create the illusion of actual objects.

FA’s Trompe L’oeil will be featuring works by: Dan Brown, Marina Dieul, Gary Erbe, Phil Kidd, Omar Rodriguez Jr., Chris Thorson, Anthony Waichulis, Mary Wells, Judy York and many others... This will be a group show not to miss!

The exhibit will run September 12 to November 1, 2014

You can learn more about the exhibit by visiting the FA Fine Art here:
Gallery contact and hours:
Francesca Anderson Fine Art
Portraits North
56 Adams Street
Lexington, MA 02420
Phone: (781) 862-0660
Hours: Wed.-Sat. 10AM-5PM.

July 9, 2014

(b. January 15, 1993)  Since Patricia was a little, she felt very passionate about art. She was interested in design, drawing and painting. When she was at school, she was an excellent student, but especially in art classes. When she graduated high school, she didn’t have the opportunity to attend University. She then started working on many different artistic activities in her hometown. This included competitions that showcase her talent, such as designing costumes, where she was recognized with trophies. Then her dreams came true when she was accepted to study at Ani Art Academies Dominicana. Art is her true passion and she hopes to continue to develop her art skills.

June 30, 2014