The Florence Academy of Art

On Paper, An Exhibition of Drawings

April 29–June 22, 2018

Opening Reception
Sunday, April 29, 2018
2–5PM; Floor 3

Gallery Viewing

The Florence Academy of Art U.S. (FAA) is excited to present On Paper, An Exhibition of Drawings, held at the FAA U.S.’s Mana Contemporary location. This exhibition opens on Sunday, April 29 and coincides with Mana Contemporary’s Spring Open House 2018. FAA’s exhibition showcases a selection of drawings by over thirty of today’s leading figurative artists. The FAA gallery has seen several significant exhibitions mounted since the School’s opening in 2015, including their two most recent, Dean Cornwell: A Lasting Influence and 12x12, A Portrait Exhibition.

“Drawing is the bedrock of visual discovery and the cornerstone of an artist’s education” explains Jordan Sokol, Director of the Florence Academy of Art’s U.S. location and co-curator of On Paper, An Exhibition of Drawings. Jordan curated the exhibition along with FAA principal instructor Amaya Gurpide. Amaya elaborates, “Drawing is one of the oldest forms of human expression and this exhibition is a celebration of its significance, not only as the visualization of a thought, or a preliminary study, but as an art form in its own right.”

The exhibition includes over thirty drawings of different sizes and subject matter by a selection of some of the world’s leading figurative artists. All drawings are priced at or below $5k in an effort to make this exceptional collection accessible to the public.

Founded in 1991 by American artist Daniel Graves, the Florence Academy of Art, in Florence, Italy, began as a humble studio in the gardens of the Palazzo Corsini with a handful of instructors and students. Over the last twenty-six years, it has grown to an internationally recognized and officially accredited art academy with a newly built complex in Florence and additional campuses in Mölndal, Sweden, and Jersey City, New Jersey. Since its inception, the Florence Academy has graduated nearly 400 draftsmen, painters, and sculptors who have gone on to become professional artists in a variety of media, genres, and industries. For more information, visit

On Paper, An Exhibition of Drawings along with all of the Florence Academy of Art’s exhibitions, lectures, and events are free and open to the public.

(1) Daniela Astone, Scilla, 2017. Charcoal and White Chalk on Toned Paper.

(2) Michael Grimaldi, Untitled Study for a Painting, 2018. Graphite and Charcoal on Paper.

(3) Sue Bryan, Trinket, 2018. Charcoal and Carbon on Arches Paper Mounted on Wood.