Speakers & artists

Keynote speakers

Odd Nerdrum

Odd Nerdrum (born 8 April 1944) is a controversial Norwegian figurative painter whose work is held by museums worldwide. Themes and style in Odd’s work ...
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Mandy Theis (Hallenius)

Mandy Hallenius is a certified K-12 art teacher and Co-President of the Washington Art Education Association. She is also President and ...
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Corinna Wagner

Corinna Wagner is Associate Professor of Literature and Visual Culture at the University of Exeter. Her research interests include photography and ...
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Ernst van de Wetering

Ernst van de Wetering was first trained as an artist at the (Netherlands) Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague ...
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Stephen Hicks

Stephen R. C. Hicks is Professor of Philosophy at Rockford University, Illinois, USA. He has published four books: The Art of ...
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Joseph Bravo

Joseph Bravo is an independent curator and arts writer. With a masters degree in art history and over twenty five ...
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Speakers

Gezien van de Riet

After her Master’s Degree in Sociology (subsidiary subject History of Art, University of Amsterdam), Gezien van de Riet went to Bolivia, ...
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Michael Pearce

Michael Pearce is a British figurative painter who lives in Ventura County, California. He is internationally known for his leadership ...
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Peter Trippi

Peter Trippi is editor-in-chief of Fine Art Connoisseur, the magazine that serves collectors of historical and contemporary representational art.  He is also ...
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Panelists

José Manuel Infiesta

José Manuel Infiesta (Barcelona, ​​1949) is the President of the Fundació de les Arts i els Artistes, created in 2005, ...
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Kara Ross

Kara Lysandra Ross is the Co-Chairman and Chief Operating Officer for the world renowned Art Renewal Center (ARC). She is ...
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Tom Hageman

Tom S. Hageman (born in Amsterdam in 1943) studied at the Academy Minerva in Groningen. After finishing his studies Hageman traveled ...
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Demonstration Artists

Elvira Dik – Still life painting

I want to make paintings that stimulate the viewer’s curiosity, capture attention and hold on to it. Creating visually attractive ...
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Nicks Willems – Woodburning

Woodburning art as performed by Nick Willems from the Netherlands is unique in the world. Nick is privileged with a ...
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Hans Parlevliet – Plein Air Painting

Hans Parlevliet Hans Parlevliet was born in 1953 in Groningen and followed in a fine art study at Art Academy ...
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Esther Leuvenink – Egg Tempera

“Since June 2016 I graduated from the Classical Academy for Painting in Groningen. There I was trained in classical painting ...
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Wouter Tulp – Plein Air Painting

​I tell stories… A succesful drawing tells a story. I always ask myself : What is it I want to ...
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Conor Walton

“I see myself as a figurative painter in the European tradition, attempting to maintain my craft at the highest level, ...
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Margot Homan – Sculpting

Margot Homan was born in Oss (Netherlands), educated at the Tilburg Academy of Art (Netherlands), where it was strictly forbidden ...
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Henk Helmantel – Still life Painting

Henk Helmantel is a painter of the 21th century. He gets his inspiration from the work of illustrious predecessors, he ...
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Siemen Dijkstra – Woodcarving

Siemen Dijkstra was born in Den Helder on the Northsea coast in 1968. “Can’t remember it, but maybe my lovefor ...
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Reinder Homan – Etching

After graduating from the Minerva Academy in Groningen and the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, Reinder Homan specialized in ...
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Paper presentations

Jennifer Sendall – Transcending Postmodernism: How drone swarms might save the world. 

Jennifer raised a family of eight as a single parent in what she refers to as her “first life”. An ...
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Elina Cerla – Forging a Figurative Language through the Convergence of Form, Content and Process

Elina Cerla is a painter and independent researcher in the process of forging her own figurative language after having gained ...
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Aihua Zhou – Chinese Face and Western Body

A classical figurative sculptor, draftswoman, Aihua was born in Beijing, China. She pursued a professional education at the China Central ...
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Anne Emerson Hall – Skill-Based Art Training: Its Promise and the Problems It Poses. 

After a successful career in book publishing, Anne Emerson Hall returned to the serious study of art. During the last ...
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Jorge Egea – MEAM. A museum for figurative art and artists

A Doctor in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona in 2005 with his thesis ‘Modelling, Creation and Knowledge. Spiritus ...
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Max Ginsburg – “Truth is Beauty”

Max Ginsburg has exhibited extensively since the 1960’s. He recently had a retrospective solo exhibition at The Butler Institute of ...
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David Molesky – The Future Trajectory of Representational Painting and Sculpture

David Molesky (b.1977) is a Brooklyn-based painter and writer. Molesky grew up in Washington DC and received his BA from ...
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Lori A Escalera – Pavement Art Raison d’Etre and its place in Contemporary Art and Learning

A native Los Angeleno, Lori centered her artistic life in the suburbs of Southern California. In the 1990’s, Lori shifted ...
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Sandra Galda – Formulation and Modifications in the First Atelier in the High School at Bradford Christian Academy: An Atelier program for High School

Sandra Galda trained at Ingbretson Studios.  She earned her Masters of Liberal Arts concentrated in the History of Art and ...
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Tamara Ansing – Problems in the Categorization and Terminology of Comic Art Styles

Tamara Ansing is a Master Student in Art History at the University of Groningen. She studied graphic design and comic ...
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Niloofar Gholamrezaei – Rethinking New Objectivity in Alfred Barr’s Chart of Modern Art in 1936

Present Ph.D. Student, Fine Arts: Critical Studies and Artistic Practice, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. 2014 MFA, Pennsylvania Academy of ...
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Willem Venter – The Kitsch Movement as manifestation of Rancièrian dissensus

Willem Venter is currently a Ph.D. student and lecturer in History of Art and member of the Research Niche for ...
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Virgil Elliott – Vermeer’s Eye

Virgil Elliott is the author of “Traditional Oil Painting – Advanced Techniques and Concepts from the Renaissance to the Present” ...
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Andrew Leventis – Can Representational Painting be Viewed as Contemporary without Mediation?

Andrew Leventis is an oil painter who references imagery from film and television in his work. He earned a BFA ...
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Freerk Heule – Chinese objects in Henk Helmantel’s modern still lives

Dr Freerk Heule (1948) is a philosopher with a broad interest in eighteenth-century culture and the connections with China. His ...
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Shaun Berke – On the Nature of Culture: The Aesthetics at the Heart of Ethics

Shaun Berke (1983) Living in Pasadena, California. American painter of the Venetian School; Apprentice, Odd Nerdrum, Stavern, Norway; Apprentice, Richard ...
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Carl Korsnes – Kitsch and the Self – The Virtues of a Limited Voice

Carl Korsnes is a philosopher from Norway. His philosophical writings concentrate around aesthetics, philosophy of mathematics, phenomenology, and existentialism. Korsnes’ ...
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Dr. Peter Coppin – What is afforded by representational art?: Clues from the cognitive science of external representation.

Dr. Peter Coppin, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, is a designer, visual artist, and cognitive ...
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David Hardy – Today’s Rennaissance

David Hardy, a native of Texas, was born into an artistic family. His grandmother trained under William Merritt Chase at ...
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Leon Lou – Towards an experimental psychological pedagogy for observational drawing and painting

I am a psychologist of vision perception and a self-taught representational artist. I have a Master’s degree in Psychology from ...
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Joke Frima – Forza e corragio: “Move forward with courage”, the legacy of Nerina Simi, (1890 – 1987).

Joke Frima, Short Biografie 1952 Born in The Hague, Netherlands 1969 Academy of Fine Art , Rotterdam, Netherlands 1970 Academy ...
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Semyon Bilmes – The Sight-size method, a Critical Overview

Born and educated in Russia, graduated from A. Azimzade Academy of Art in Baku. Immigrated to New York in 1980, graduated ...
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