Daniel Graves

American (b. 1949)

Daniel Graves
Daniel Graves

Graves graduated from the Maryland Art Institute where he studied with the noted Joseph Shepard and Frank Russell. He continued his studies with Richard Serrin at the Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Fine Art in Florence, Italy and later apprenticed under Nerina Simi who maintained a classical nineteenth-century studio there. Simi was the daughter of the Florentine painter Filadelfo Simi who had been a student of Jean-Leon Gerome, the head of the French Academy in Paris in the 1870s. With such a rich background of training, Graves has evolved a personal style of oil painting that adroitly fuses the classical heritage of Old Master’s achievements with his own contemporary point of view.

Daniel Graves
Daniel Graves

Daniel Graves joined Charles Cecil to found Studio Cecil-Graves in Florence, which trained many practitioners of classical realism for nearly a decade. In1991 Graves founded the highly regarded Florence Academy of Art which has been in the forefront of classical realist art education and has trained a generation of prominent painters.

In April 2008, Daniel Graves and the Florence Academy received the Excellence in Art Education Award from the Portrait Society of America. When not teaching, Graves is an active painter of portraits and still lifes in his studio in Florence and during his extensive world wide travels. His work is in notable public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad.

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Work


Looking North
Daniel Graves

Looking North

oil on linen
15.75" x 12"

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Afternoon Sky
Daniel Graves

Afternoon Sky

oil on linen
24" x 31.5"

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Sunset from Torre Rossa
Daniel Graves

Sunset from Torre Rossa

oil on panel
5.5" x 7.5"

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Approaching Storm
Daniel Graves

Approaching Storm

oil on linen
35.5" x 51.25"

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Reflection
Daniel Graves

Reflection

oil on linen
35" x 43"

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Still Life with Old Pots and Seed Pod
Daniel Graves

Still Life with Old Pots and Seed Pod

oil on canvas
28" x 24"

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Lorenzo
Daniel Graves

Lorenzo


4.75" x 4.25"

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Old Olive Tree
Daniel Graves

Old Olive Tree

etching on paper
5.5" x 4.25"

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Venezia I
Daniel Graves

Venezia I

etching on paper
8.25" x 5"

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