Teresa Oaxaca

The Florence Academy of Art
Florence, Italy


From:Arlington, Virginia, USA

HometownArlington, Virginia, USA

Current CityArlinton



I have been painting portraits and the figure for over 10 years now. My abilities really took off in 2005 when I enrolled in a traditional oil painting school in Florence, Italy. There I studied at the Florence Academy of Art and the Angel Academy. I also spent a summer apprenticing with the renowned painter and new "Old Master" Odd Nerdrum in Stavern, Norway, in 2008. From 2010-2012 I studied with Robert Liberace at the Art League in Old Town Alexandria. Some of my awards include placing second in the Portrait Society Of America's Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. I have also been a Finalist several years in a row for still life and portrait painting in the Art Renewal Center's (ARC) Annual Salon Competition. I have also been a two-time recipient of the ARC's Scholarship Competition, a double recipient of the Stacey Scholarship (Museum of the Cowboy) and awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant twice. Since 2010 I have resided in the Washington D.C. area where I paint full time. Travel and an appreciation of art from the past ages fuels my art and I try to get out and see the world. Most recently I went on a four month long tour of Europe to see art museums. Since returning to the Washington D.C. area I have been focusing on creating a new and large body of work. My new series have taken me away from academic studies to more elaborate compositions which combine human and still life elements. In addition to this I now take on portrait commissions, and continue my studies in art by observing and copying the painting of the Old Masters in art galleries throughout the world.


"My work is about pleasing the eye. I paint light and the way it falls. Simple observation reveals beauty; often it is found in the unconventional. Because of this I have learned to take particular delight in unusual pairings of subject matter. Frequently my compositions are spontaneous. When a person comes to me, they occupy a space my mind. Arrangements form from there until with excitement I see and have the idea. The design is both planned and subconscious. For this reason I surround myself with Victorian and Baroque costume, bones, and other things which I find fascinating- I want subject matter to always be at hand.

My paintings are created with oil paint on canvas. I am conscious of the traditional craftsmanship I have attained in Florence. While my interest in new pigments and tools may cause minor alterations in my materials, these really remain fundamentally the same. All my evolution is taking place on the canvas and in my head; in what I see in nature and interpret in two dimensions on the picture plan. I have the fundamentals of design to work with when planning a painting. I make preparatory studies. I use multiple layers to build an illusion of light and form. When this illusion is convincing and to my taste, the painting is done."

Teresa graduated at The Florence Academy of Art in 2010. Also was Life Drawing Instructor during that academic year.