Charles Miano

Alexandra Manukyan

Sanguine | Oil | Charcoal

Through his personal exploration of the nature of painting and of Nature itself, Miano champions representational art past and present. Imbued with life, vitality and spirit, his work has often been referred to as “visual poetry.” A lush palette, the dynamic use of light and shadow and an urgency of gesture are his most distinctive signatures. His brushwork — bold in color, complex in texture, sometimes structured, other times casual, driven in turns with directness or spontaneity — conveys the complicated relationship between hand and eye. His work as a whole — balanced precariously between opulence and humility — reveals, more startlingly, the ongoing battles within the self between emotion and reason in art as well as life. His great passion lies in creating those personal works, born of inter-spiritual reflections in his private studio that are equally wide in scope, whether drawings or paintings, from head studies to anatomical scales, figurative paintings to still-lifes.


Through his atelier and as its “hands-on” director, Miano is widely recognized for his attentive, intensive teaching methods and generous support of emerging artists. There, he doggedly pursues in-depth, saturated studies in the tradition of the Old Masters. Miano also travels the globe, teaching workshops and lecturing on realist art and his own artistic methods.



Listed below are this Master’s specialty skills. Join this Master’s group if you want to grow your skills in these areas.


Colour and Composition


Technique Demos


Supplies and Tools – what to use, where to save, and where to spend


Studio Setup for Art Production


Providing Art Critiques


Teaching How to Self Critique

For Emerging Artists

Am I An Emerging Artist?

As an emerging artist, you have been painting regularly and feel fairly confident in your one unique style. 

You've taken workshops/courses and have already been selling your work to friends, family, and in community shows, markets and beyond.

Now you're ready to take it to the next level!


  • art critiques - getting expert feedback on your artwork
  • selling - learn how to sell your artwork
    • pricing
    • building your brand and marketing, leveraging social media well
    • earning a steady income in an unsteady economy
    • how to approach galleries and/or go solo successfully
  • business skills - learn the mechanics of creating and sustaining a business as an artist
  • production - studio set-up and time management to maximize production
  • art licensing - what products to create, how to find a reputable producer

More than an Art Workshop


2-hr monthly
videoconference session with MASTER ARTIST, NAVIGATOR and small group

Practice-based HOMEWORK


Additional 1-hr session mid-month with NAVIGATOR and GROUP. Navigator permanently assigned to your group, accountable for your growth trajectory

CONFIDENTIAL discussion board for you and your group, with 24hr access to session RECORDINGS

CHOOSE a new Master Artist every 6 to 8 months to bring NEW EXPERTISE and SKILL TRAINING

About The Artist


Charles Miano (b. 1977) is an American Artist whose art explores humanistic values, using a classic foundation and contemporary inspiration. Miano is an ARC Associate Living Master. He is the Founder and Director of Southern Atelier Center for fine art in Sarasota, Florida and an advocate of the revival of Classically Inspired Representationalism.


Miano has always credited Nature as his primary teacher. As Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “Nature is the source of all true knowledge”. However, Charles’ formal Art studies began as traditional mentoring in the 1990’s at the New York Art Department of an international publishing company. There, he was mentored by accomplished Rembrandt scholar Allen Boyle, Korean Artist Tim Cho and other illustrators of the time. Miano attended classes with Nelson Shanks at the founding of Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, and has participated in workshop studies at The Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy.  

Since opening Southern Atelier in the early 2000’s, Charles Miano has continued his study of drawing and painting with the remarkable faculty he has assembled. Visiting Masters have included some of the most renowned Representational Artists of our time, including Steven AssaelRobert Liberace, Mary Minifie, Dan Thompson, Stephen Perkins, Huihan Liu and Zhaoming Wu. Charles Miano has placed enormous importance on studying the Old Masters. To that end, his passion has led him to copy the masters in Major Museums around the world, including The Louvre, The Uffizi, The Bargello, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and many others. In pursuit of excellence in his craft, Miano continues his study of nature and the language of painting to this day.

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