Francesco Fontana


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MEDIUMS: Acrylic | Drawing | Oil | Watercolor
SPECIALTY: ✔ Artistic Process & Mindset ✔ Finding Your Artistic Style
✔ Critiques

I tell stories through the human figure in their context. I love to depict people engaged in some action or work. These are mostly my studio work but I also love to get outdoor and enjoy local landscapes and urban scenes, exploring possibilities of abstraction and my color interpretation. 

Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe


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Specialty: ✔ Artistic Process & Mindset ✔ Finding Your Artistic Style ✔ Critiques



Color and Composition


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How to Evaluate and Choose a Subject



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Artwork by Michaela Hoppe

Francesco Fontana is an international award winning artist. He holds the prestigious status od Signature Member at the American Watercolor Society and Faculty at the atelier style the Milano Painting Academy. 

After graduating Art School in Palermo, he left his native Sicily to pursue his artist dream in bohemian Paris as a portrait artist in Montmartre. Since then he has exhibited in many Countries, in both oil and watercolor. Fontana’s art is now in private collections in Europe, USA and Asia as well as at Museo della Carta in Fabriano, Italy. He’s paintings were chosen as set design on some Italy’s National TV fictions. 

World class awards include Bronze Medal of Honor at American Watercolor Society International Exhibition, New York and Best Figure and Portrait at Plein Air Salon and th Art Group Critique Award by the San Diego Watercolor Society. 

In 2008 Francesco founded Fare Pittura Atelier, in Milan Italy, then travelled intensively around the world as a workshop instructor. Iconic places where he has taught groups for years include the legendary Claude Monet’s gardens and lily pond in Giverny, France. 

In the USA Fontana has been stage and field faculty at the Plein Air Convention & Expo in CA and AZ as well as judge and lecturer for the Watercolor Society of Oregon. He’s often headliner in the top US plein air competitions. There he also published the DVD ‘Watercolor the Italian Way’ for leading art publisher Liliedhal.

In addition to countless online interviews, live conferences and podcast, articles about Francesco Fontana appear in top press such as Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Art of Watercolor and The Artist UK.

His talent and is technique benefited from meeting the best international artists who broadened his vision and style remarkably. Francesco is fluent in English, French and Italian. He’s the loving (and resilient) father of two teenage girls: Teresa and Flora, his muses!

Affiliations: Signature Member of American Watercolor Society | Associate NWS National Watercolor Society | Honorary Accademia Internazionale dell’Acquerello.

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