(b.1993) Gina was born in Queens, New York, and lived in Brooklyn until she was 5 years old. It was at that time that she moved to Santiago, Dominican Republic. She started elementary school, and when she was about 7, he parents noticed she had a natural artistic ability and decided to enroll her in a specialized art school. Since then, her love for art has been insatiable. Once she finished high school, she moved to Rio San Juan where she visited the Ani Art Academies Dominicana. Having been accepted, she feels very happy to be a part of Ani family and eager to keep continuing to grow her knowledge and skills.
Ever since a very young age art has inspired Gineece. She realized her passion for art at the age of 4, when she took a pencil and paper and started to draw what she had observed from a party bag. Her career goal is to be a professional artist and to inspire generations to come. She always says, “If my career goal does not include art, I won’t be happy.”
(b.1993) Giovanna was born the first of 4 brothers. Her parents are Dr. Reinaldo Portoreal Gonzales and Mrs. Maria Teresa Mosquea Berger, residents of Puerto Plata. As a child, Giovanna would create many works of art that even now, decorate the walls of her childhood home. After graduating high school, she looked for a way that she could pursue her love of art. After finding the Ani Art Academies, she relocated to Rio San Juan to begin her studies there. Giovanna is so happy to be part of the Ani family and is extremely excited to see what the future with Ani will bring.
Helen has spent the last several years establishing her reputation as a truly gifted contemporary fine artist. Hailing from Dalton, PA Helen received her primary education in the arts within Northeastern Pennsylvania including a Liberal Arts degree from Keystone College in Laplume and a degree in Painting and Illustration from Luzerne County Community College. Helen completed her training under the guidance of nationally renowned realist Anthony Waichulis.Helen continues to exhibit nationally and her work is sought after by many knowledgeable collectors across the country, from the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco to to the Salmagundi Club of New York, Helen's work continued to garner attention and accolades. While she continues to appear in most major art publication regularly, Helen's work recently touched upon international acclaim with her top honors in the U.K. Wildscape's Wildlife Painter of the Year competition, and was awarded First Place in the Animal Category by the Art Renewal Center.Helen's work reflects her passion for animals and her love of nature. She is known to be extremely proficient working with traditional media in which her artistic concepts are brought to successful fruition. Helen continues to reside in Dalton, PA with her husband and maintains a studio where she continues to pursue her career with unwavering dedication.
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.
Ten was born into a farmer family from the north of Thailand. After finishing high school, he furthered his education at Thai Vijit Silpa Chiang Mai (Thai Fine Art Academy Chiang Mai), until finishing his diploma degree. Due to family issues, he had to quit his bachelor degree and join the work force. He worked at a sign-making company as a painter for 3 years. Then, he moved to Phuket where he met his friend who introduced him to Ani Art Academy Thailand. Now, he is one of Ani’s family on Koh Yao Noi.
(b. December 26, 1993) Joel was born in Rio San Juan, Maria Trinidad Sanchez province of the Dominican Republic. He was always passionate about the arts excelling in drawing as well as music and singing. Upon completing his secondary academic work, he began his studies at Ani Art Academies Dominican hoping to further his skills in the visual arts. He is determined every day to achieve his life goal of becoming an artist, to improve the techniques in art to become more accomplished in his creative endeavors.
(b. August 20, 1978) Better known as Eddy Vargas, he grew up in Rio San Juan and at the age of nine he moved to Puerto Plata where he started learning how to paint. He did this for about eight years and then moved back to Rio San Juan where he started painting and selling his work in the local gift-shop. Then in 2012, he found the opportunity he was looking for and all he ever wanted—to learn how to improve his painting skills through the discipline of the Ani Art Academies.
(b. 1985) Joseph Dillon has been drawing inspiration and appreciation from many forms of art his entire life. With a respect for the tradition of storytelling, and his recent acceptance as an apprentice at the Ani Art Academy Waichulis Studio, he continues his journey, learning the ways of the form to become an artist like his forefathers.
Born in St.Thomas of the United States Virgin Islands, Kenje. A. Thomas (b. 1996) has lived on the island of Anguilla for the majority of his life. As a young boy, he fostered a love for two things, Artistry and Aviation. His mother can vividly recall moments in church when he would request drawings of his favorite aircraft, and when, after time, they no longer satisfied him, he would draw them himself, filling in every little detail he could assemble from memory. At the tender age of 5, he had already been ''commissioned'' by other observing mothers to create drawings for the delight of their young ones too. Kenje's aged passion for all things Aviation erupted an appreciation for and attention towards fine detail. His artistic psyche plunged him further into other forms of drawing, animation being popular among his recent works. During his secondary level of education at the Albena Lake- Hodge Comprehensive School, Anguilla, Kenje studied under Visual Arts tutors, Mr. Dervin Leiba and Mrs. Navine Miller, who both helped him to improve his technical art skills as well as broaden his artistic field with formal introductions of mixed media and digital media. While attending a college and careers fair on the premises, he was first introduced to the Ani Art Academies. The school's undeniable respect for fine detail and demand for realism seemed to match his, and at once he bounded at the opportunity to gain apprenticeship. During the early summer following completion of his secondary education, Kenje applied for and enrolled in the Ani Art Academies, Anguilla, where he resides currently as a full time student.Under the intense and masterful training of the Ani Art Academies, Kenje desires to have his imagination soar, so that, once his wings do physically take to the air, the experience may be all but unfamiliar.
(b.1987) Kierstin is a New Jersey native and has studied at duCret school of art, Jahn Studios and the Ani Art Academy Waichulis. She has exhibited works in various places in NJ, PA & NYC, such as the Salmagundi Club, Misericordia University, Monmouth University and Swain Galleries. She was recently featured as a finalist in the International Artist Magazine.
(b.1979) In paintings and drawings of interiors and landscapes, Leah combines direct observation with memory and emotion, conveying an authentic sense of place. Today, she and her husband live and work in their home and studio in Bear Creek Township, Pennsylvania. In 2009, they completed their first of several instructional DVDs, which are utilized daily in the Ani Art Academies curriculum. In addition to painting and drawing, Leah contributes technical expertise for the Ani Art Academies. Leah, Anthony, and the students at Ani Art Academy Waichulis continue to work together on a daily basis and have become vital to each others creative process. Leah Waichulis graduated cum laude with an Associate’s Degree in Painting and Illustration, studied Fine Art at Pennsylvania State University, and completed the apprenticeship program at The Waichulis Studio. Leah Waichulis’ work continues to evolve with her ongoing study of fine art.
(b. 1996) Born in Anguilla, Leron been drawing since the early age of four, and has always been very interested in romance and supernatural shows. This led to an interest in representational art and the pursuit of a career as a professional artist. Leron always say’s ‘’Without love how do we produce something u don't love?”
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.
(b.1993) Melvin was born in Gaspar Hernandez, Dominican Republic. He relocated to Rio San Juan so that he could study at Ani Art Academies Dominicana. After being accepted, Melvin feels extremely thankful for the opportunity, and for the support he recieves from his teachers and classmates. "I will give my absolute best and I am immensley greatful for this opportunity that's being given to the Dominican artists."
Michael Hernandez (b. 1994) was born in the Dominican Republic and migrated to the island of Anguilla in 2007. A fiery enthusiasm for all things art began during his childhood years as he admired and sought after the graffiti skills of his older brothers. Later on during the years, Michael took his ‘boyish’ skills and sought to mature them under the tutelage of artist Juan Moreno Francis, through whom he was introduced to painting. Following that, he enrolled in the Jose Ignacio Morales Foundation in La Romana, Dominican Republic.Michael began his apprenticeship with artist Timothy W. Jahn at the Ani Art Academy in Anguilla in 2013. As he is recently enrolled in the Waichulis program, Michael encounters challenges every day that only serve to fuel his passion to become great. Art is indubitably Michael’s voice, and he demands to be heard.