Instructors

Gustavo Roman

Gustavo Román was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After earning a Bachelor of Humanities in Fine Arts from the University of Puerto Rico, he moved to Miami where he resides and works. His work has been shown in Chicago, Kansas City, Miami and New York. Román earned an MFA in drawing from Florida International University in Miami.

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Lazaro Amaral

Lazaro Amaral was born in Havana, Cuba in 1962, fled to the United States in 1965, and graduated from the Parsons School of Design in 1988.  Amaral creates contemporary art prints, serigraphs, and sculptures, designs sets and storyboards for television and print, and teaches silk screening and printmaking. Critics describe his style as action painting; it appears to be in motion. He is influenced by Pop’s attention to commonplace items, Abstract Expressionism’s rich, potent colors, and Dadaist’s use of found materials.

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Anthony Ardavin

Anthony Ardavin was born in Guantanamo, Cuba. After earning a Bachelor degree in Psychology with a minor in Art from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, he moved to Atlanta to work at IBM Headquarters as an Art Consultant. In 1988 he opened the Anthony Ardavin Gallery in Atlanta and sold it in 2006 to move to Miami to paint full time. His work deals with nostalgia and the world of the imagination.

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Ruth Avra

Ruth Avra has been creating jewelry for over 20 years. She began when she was barely 10 years old selling her beaded jewelry everywhere from the beach on vacation to her parents’ dinner parties. As she grew up, so did her passion for jewelry. In 2001, she received a degree in Art Jewelry at the University of Wisconsin Madison where she learned traditional jewelry making under mentor and celebrated artist, Eleanor Moty. After studying in Italy at the famed Art Studio Fuji, Ruth worked with several different designers in New York before moving to South Florida to launch her own company.

Drawing inspiration from nature, Ruth’s pieces combine traditional metal working techniques with an obvious talent and passion for metalwork. Every piece of jewelry including its components is always made by Ruth Avra, allowing for perfectly handmade work with the utmost quality and attention to detail.

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Tom Cocotos

Tom Cocotos’ work has been published in most major magazines and newspapers (such as The New York Times, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Raygun, Mad Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek) and featured on book covers of numerous publishers (Doubleday, Penguin, Random House, Scholastic, Simon +Schuster); he has also worked for many corporate and advertising clients (MTV/VH1, McDonalds, Wendy’s, Ford Motor Company, American and Delta Airlines, Nabisco, RJ Reynolds).

His work has been recognized with awards from American Illustration, Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles, and has received a Gold Addy Award and multiple Ozzy Awards, among others. He has taught and lectured in New York City at The School of Visual Arts, The Fashion Institute of Technology and The New School/Parsons. He holds an M.F.A. in illustration from The School of Visual Arts and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Columbia University

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Pablo Contrisciani

Pablo Contrisciani- Pablo Contrisciani is an Argentinean artist residing in Miami since 1998. He earned his Masters in Painting at the National University of Fine Arts of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has exhibited nationally and internationally at: Karpio-Facchini Gallery, Miami; Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York; Light Contemporary, London; Mackey Gallery, Houston; Solar Art Gallery, East Hampton. He has also exhibited in the following Art Fairs: Scope London; Scope New York & Scope Miami; Art Toronto; Fiac Paris; Art Miami and Arte Americas. His work has been reviewed in publications such as Art in America; Art Nexus; Arte al Dia; New Times, Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. Pablo Contrisciani's works are held by public and corporate collectors from USA, Latin America and Europe. He has taught a variety of Painting courses at ACSF since 1999.

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Alfonso Corona

Alfonso Corona was born in Mexico City and has been based in Miami since 2004. He graduated from Esculea Activa de Fotographia in Mexico City in December, 1997. Alfonso worked for more than a decade as a commercial photographer for diverse global advertising agencies, publishing groups, record labels and Editorials in Europe and the Americas. He is the youngest photographer to ever be featured in Architectural Digest.

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Bernadette Denoux

Bernadette Denoux began working with Metal Clay in 2005, is certified Level 2 with PMC Connection, and is a Senior Instructor with Art Clay Silver International. She received certification from The Fine Jewelry Program at the Miami Jewelry School and started teaching Metal Clay classes in 2007. Bernadette is a member of S. F. Jewelry Arts Guild, Florida Society of Goldsmiths, Lapidary Guild of S. Florida, PMC Guild, Enamel Guild South, and is the founder of Miami Metal Clay Artists which is the local chapter of Art Clay Society. Bernadette was a special education teacher for over 30 years, and is now passionate about teaching and combining Metal Clay with traditional jewelry techniques. Her goal is to share these techniques, letting others know that they can make fine silver jewelry without traditional metalsmithing skills.

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Armando Droulers

Armando Droulers is an artist, art historian, graphic designer and Illustrator. As an educator he has taught all of the above including animation. He studied at Bard College, Academia de Arte Federico Brandt,
New World School of the Arts and at the University of Florida.

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Lisa Egeli

Lisa Egeli has been described as “a meticulous connoisseur of nature”.  Her landscapes and portraits have been featured in many exhibits and permanent collections in her two decade professional career. She is a third generation artist in a family of artists, and her formal training was at Chicago’s American Academy of Art. Since then Lisa’s work has taken her all over the world in pursuit of landscapes.  She has traveled and painted on location around the globe, and been selected for “Plein Air Easton”, “Paint Annapolis”, and “Telluride Plein Air”, among other events.  Her work has been recognized in a variety of regional and national events, and she is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists.  Other memberships include the Oil Painters of America and the Washington Society of Landscape Painters.  Lisa Egeli lives by the shores of the Chesapeake Bay for most of the year and in south Florida for the winter.

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J. Kevin Foltz

J. Kevin Foltz is a commercial and fine art photographer who has worked extensively in South America. Kevin, a graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, is involved in projects that vary from expeditions in the Peruvian jungle to portraits of Ricardo Montaner in Buenos Aires. His work has been in numerous exhibitions in North and South America. Some of Kevin's clients have included Sony, American Airlines, Banco Santander, LanChile, MasterCard, Diners Club and British American Tobacco.

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Maria Gonzalez

Maria Gonzalez - Story Time Primary Artist-Teacher- is a Miami-based artist and educator who investigates text, objects and images to create individual works she then combines into extended narrative installations. As a teaching artist for museums and arts organizations, she has presented hands-on book arts programming for children, families and adults since 2001.  Ms. Gonzalez received her MA in art from California State University at Fullerton and is a two-time recipient of the Visual Artist Fellowship Grant in Photography from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work is in private and public collections including Galerie Municipale du Château d’Eau, Toulouse, France; the New Orleans Museum of Art; and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Her solo and group exhibitions include The Photography of Invention: American Pictures of the 1980s at the National Museum of American Art; de-Persona at the Oakland Museum; Empowered Images, an Arts America/USIA traveled exhibition; The Transparent Object at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; AS YOU WISH... at La Serre, École Régional des Beaux-Arts de Saint-Étienne, France; LIBRARY: Readings / Visual Investigations at The Wolfsonian–Florida International University’s Bridge Tender’s House, Miami Beach; BACK TO THE WALL... at the University of Texas at Arlington; and IN YOUR HANDS... from the work-in-progress LIBRARY: READINGS / VISUAL INVESTIGATIONS at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery Projects Room, in Miami. From 2003-2006, Gonzalez presented an annual READINGS project at Miami Book Fair International.

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Jeremiah Jenner

Jeremiah Jenner’s signature style is defined by crisp colors, bold shapes and sophisticated composition. Utilizing slow shutter speeds, the vibrancy of each print is captured on film for the highest detail. His sleek and minimalist limited editions have endeared the media as well as the serious art collector. Corporate collectors include industry giants such as the Holiday Inn Corporation, Anheuser-Busch and The Smithsonian American Art Museum. Starbucks on Lincoln Road personally selected Jeremiah to exhibit during the prestigious Art Basel Miami Beach. Recent exhibitions include the Art Center South Florida, The Museum of Contemporary Art - MOCA in North Miami and new works are on view at the Naples Museum of Art. In addition to being well respected in the community for his charitable contributions, Jeremiah is also a photography instructor for the Broward County School Board.

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Leslie LaCombe

Leslie LaCombe grew up in Canada and has a business degree from the University of Toronto. She worked in film and television for many years, both in the office and in the art department. Leslie eventually left the film business to make jewelry with a local designer. In 2004 she studied silver jewelry design with Billy King in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and within a few months of study her work was on display at a prominent local gallery. Today Leslie lives in Miami, Florida. She teaches at the Art Center South Florida and produces her unique creations from her studio in South Beach. Leslie has traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia, India and parts of Europe. Her experience with these cultures and environments naturally expresses itself in her work. She is inspired by nature, the beauty of stones and the limitless possibilities of sculpting metal. Her work is handcrafted and most of her pieces are one-of-a-kind.

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Morgan Lorenzo

Morgan Lorenzo is best known for her glass and ceramic sculptural installations depicting animals that, historically, have had psychological and mythological importance to our collective human psyche.  While in residency at Yellowstone National Park, she created a series of works based on the free-ranging herds of bison and elk that migrate through the Upper Geyser Basin area.  American Indian mythologies were referenced, as were the themes of expansiveness and freedom found in the “Western” film genre. Now based in South Florida, Lorenzo explores the wilderness areas in and around the Everglades, observing the area’s animals for source material. Lorenzo has created site-specific installations for organizations such as The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, through their Museums Magnet Program, The Arch Creek Trust, part of Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation, and The Soffer-Fein Adoption Center, part of The Greater Humane Society of Miami-Dade County. Lorenzo also designs and creates community-based collaborative projects with South Florida’s numerous art organizations including ArtCenter/South Florida, Coral Springs Museum, Arts for Learning Miami, and Little Haiti Cultural Center. Morgan Lorenzo is represented by Evan Jones Gallery in Dania Beach, Florida. Lorenzo graduated from Darton College in Albany, Georgia.

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Stephanie Rodriguez

Stephanie Rodriguez is an award-winning artist originally from Queens, NY. “Creating art and sharing it with others is my passion in life!” says Stephanie. Her art has been published in over one hundred books and magazines some including Plank Road Publishing and The Artist’s and Graphic Designer’s Marketplace. Music and the Expressionists inspire much of Stephanie’s artwork. Currently she is working on a new series of bold, whimsical paintings exploring musicians and their inspirations.

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David Zalben

David Zalben-As a professional still-life photographer David worked in Chicago and NYC on national and international advertisements and later shot lifestyle portraits. Now, as an artist he brings many different points of views to the classroom to motivate and assist others in achieving their goals.

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