Catherine Acosta (b. 1995) Ever since she was a child, Catherine was extremely interested in drawing. When she was at school, she was known for her participation in the artistic activities there. When Catherine was twelve years old, she was granted the opportunity to participate in a painting course where she learned basic techniques. Then one month before she graduated high school, Ani Art Academies held a presentation there detailing about the studio to open in Rio San Juan, her hometown. This was exactly the opportunity she was looking for to further develop her artistic skills.
Charles King (1971) - Charles seeks to hone his artistic abilities in service to what the late writer John Gardner referred to as "an authentic junk mind." Weaned on a steady diet of 1950's Grade B horror and science-fiction movies, garage rock, and comic books, he developed an unrefined palette for trash culture.As an avid fan of old time radio drama and pulp fiction traditions, his art is imbued with the visceral narrative quality spawned on the air-waves and newsstands of yester-year.Likewise, he looks to the golden age of illustration as the standard bearers of artistic excellence. Point in fact, he perceives as of his artistic goal as being Norman Rockwell by way of EC Comics. He is looking forward to an engaging and productive apprenticeship at Ani Art Academy Waichulis.
(b. 1990) Chelsea Herron was born in a small town in Northeastern Pennsylvania, she did not have many children to play with, which helped her discover her passion for the arts. Staying inside most days she created and challenged herself to become a better artist. Frequently hearing the phrase “do what you love”, she decided at a young age that she would someday become a professional artist.After high school Chelsea continued her education at Luzerne County Community College where she graduated with high honors with a degree in Painting and Illustration. It was there that she discovered her passion of representational painting. Following her studies at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design she returned home to immerse herself in the Ani Art Academies Waichulis curriculum. Chelsea finds herself inspired everyday by the talent she is surrounded with in the studio and is eager to see where her education will lead her.
(b.1996) Born in Rio San Juan, Christofer prides himself on being a young man of good behavior and having good relationships with others. Christofer enjoys serving his community in all aspects, and from an early age has shown an indescribable interest in painting and guitar.Christofer was thrilled when he received information about the opportunity at the Ani Art Academy Dominicana, and was thrilled to be able join the prestigious school to study and create art in his own community. He is greatly appreciative for the chance to join the Ani family and the wonderful opportunity that has been given to him.
(b.1975) Although Dan has always had an interest in painting, he became serious about art in 2011 when he resigned from his corporate America position to pursue a more creative endeavor. In an effort to earn a living through the utilization of anything art, Dan embarked upon an exciting journey as a tattoo artist. While traveling the globe and perfecting his skill, Dan learned of the Ani Art Academies’ program from a fellow tattooer and Ani apprentice. He was thoroughly impressed with the work that was being produced by the academy and was immediately inspired to apply. Dan began his apprenticeship at Ani Art Academies Waichulis in 2014 with the intent of developing himself into the best artist possible and in turn opening the doors to future artistic opportunity.
Dexter Anthony Welcome’s passion for art and creativity was obvious in his early childhood as he drew and painted on every surface in the home that he shared with his parents and three siblings in the country of Guyana. He excelled in art at primary and secondary school but later focused his studies on diesel mechanics and automotive repairs. Upon migrating to Anguilla, in the British West Indies, Dexter’s interest in art kept burning in him and was reignited at the Ani Art Academy Anguilla one year ago. He calls it his ‘wow’ moment and believes that one’s ‘wow’ moment will lead to one’s ‘win’ moment. Life is Art, and Art is Life – creating.
(b.1994) Domingo always knew he wanted to be an artist. He first studied art in the Arteranal Village, but when that closed down, he clung desperately to the hope that he would be able to find a way to continue to improve his skills. He was so elated and thankful when Ani Art Academies opened in his hometown of Rio San Juan, and he began his studies there as soon as he graduated high school. Domingo is extremely dedicated to his studies and couldn't be happier than to be a part of the Ani Art Academies.
b. November 1, 1990Doris Figueroa was born in a small city named Rio San Juan, Maria T. Sanchez in the Dominican Republic. Since a very young age, Doris showed interest and talent in drawing and painting many different subjects. After finishing high school, she started studying at University and then later enrolled in the newly opened Ani Art Academy Dominicana. It is here that she has really been able to improve her knowledge and skills.
(b. October 27, 1993) Eduard was very passionate about painting from a young age. Upon completing school where he excelled in the arts, he heard about the Ani Art Academies Dominicana opening and quickly traveled to Rio San Juan to further his artistic endeavors.
Edward Ewald worked as a freelance designer and illustrator before joining Ani Art Academy Waichulis in 2016, where he is now training as a fine artist.
Australian born Elena Green’s artistic journey began at the prestigious Julian Ashton Art School in the Rocks, Sydney. She was awarded the Thea Proctor Scholarship in 2007, which enabled her to focus on developing a deeper understanding of classical drawing and painting techniques. At the completion of her scholarship year, she won the Richard and Wenda Ashton prize for excellence in drawing. To extend her studies in representational painting, Elena has participated in numerous atelier-style workshops with realist painters Andrea. J. Smith, Lee Machelak, Christopher Brown and Keith Dewell. In 2011, Elena graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Art (Art). She was the recipient of several scholarships for scholastic achievement and was on the Dean’s Merit List for academic excellence. Elena has relocated to Anguilla to undertake an apprenticeship at the Ani Art Academies under the Master tutelage of Timothy W. Jahn.
Elizardo Mojica (b. 1993) Since his childhood, Elizardo has been inspired by his family, who embraced his love for art. On the verge of finishing high school Elizardo was approached by his guidance counselor Anita Ruan and was introduced to Ani Art Academies Anguilla. When Elizardo started the Waichulis curriculum provided by Ani Art Academies he encountered a new challenge as he began working with charcoal and pastel, techniques and media that he had never encountered before. As his progressed, Elizardo was anxious to put the ideas that ran through his mind on paper and give in to the burning passion that was ignited in early childhood, the passion for art.
(b.1988) Emma was born and raised in Oakland, CA and has always had a passion for representationalism. After creating art as a hobby her entire life, she was introduced to Anthony Waichulis’ artwork at John Pence gallery in San Francisco, CA- just across the bay from where she grew up. This sparked an unexpected journey into what is now the Ani Art Academy Waichulis. After studying at The Waichulis Studio in 2006 for 3 weeks as a part of her senior project for Drew College Preparatory School, she went on to study Political Science for two years at Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts at The New School University in NY. Deciding that this wasn’t for her, she began to follow her true passion for art and began the Waichulis program full time, in fall of 2008.Since beginning her apprenticeship with Anthony Waichulis, Emma has been featured in several successful exhibitions and noted publications. She continues to exhibit with The San Marino Gallery and Studio Gallery, both in California as well as Mainstreet Gallery in Kingston, PA.
Emmanuel Carty Mota (b. 1994) was born in the Dominican Republic, but migrated to Anguilla in 2007. He has always had a passion for drawing. During his childhood he would use his free time to create sketches and simple still life. While attending secondary school, Emmanuel decided to further his art skills by taking three years of drawing and graphic design. He also offered his skills throughout after school programs by designing posters and many other creative projects. Emmanuel’s goal is to become a well known artist and to have his work shown in galleries and exhibitions. To achieve his goals and to further expand his skills, he is currently attending a three year program at Ani Art Academies.
(B.1982) Erika Baez graduated with honors from Baruch College, New York, with a B.A. in Graphic Design and Photography, and later pursued Drawing and Ceramics studies from Montgomery College, Maryland. At Montgomery, she was awarded a prestigious study abroad scholarship to learn the classic approach to drawing at Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. It was in Florence that Erika developed a great interest in Trompe L'oeil and portraiture, and was later selected as an apprentice at The Ani Art Academy Waichulis where she currently studies. Her goal is to eventually be able to convey emotions and tell stories by infusing her unique imaginative concepts with her strongly developed contemporary style.
Felix Esteban Rosario Santos (b. April 30, 1989) Esteban’s earliest memory as a child is being interested in how things took form. He doesn’t know exactly how old he was when he started drawing, he just remembers that he would start out doing his homework and when he was finish, it would be covered in drawings. Esteban was later given the opportunity to attend La Aldea Artenasal, an art school in Rio San Juan. It was here that he took his first painting course when he was eighteen years old. Soon after that he studied for one year at Altos De Chavón, an art and design school. Esteban then came to Rio San Juan where he heard about Ani Art Academies Dominica where he is now happily engaged in his artist pursuits.