Dana Levin: A Classical Realist in the 21st Century
January 11 - February 18, 2012
For many artists and critics realistic painting in the 21st century is passé. For Dana Levin and her Classical Realist colleagues this approach to painting is essential to make good art. Levin demonstrates in this exhibit how the world of craft, beauty and thought come together in her drawings and paintings. She continues the evolution of the vital and ongoing realistic tradition to create “A work of fine art that strikes a chord in the viewer and deepens their sense of humanity.”
Dana grew up in Miami, FL. In high school she attended The New World School of the Arts and Belvoir Terrace, a summer program for gifted young women in Lenox, MA. She received a BFA from the acclaimed School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she learned to foster her creative thinking and apply that to her work. Finally, she traveled to Florence, Italy to study at the rigorous Florence Academy of Art and trained in the painting and drawing techniques of the Old Masters, where she subsequently taught for several years. Her private study of realism oil painting has taken her to museums throughout Europe, Britain, Russia, and across the United States. Dana has received awards and honors from prestigious national and international juried shows and museums. She is also included in important museum collections.