Founder, Director & Instructor
Anna Neis is an artist, educator and lecturer. Neis is a representational artist of contemporary myth working in a classical realist tradition. She holds MFA degrees from Moscow Art Academy and New York Academy of Art. With over 20 years teaching experience, Neis founded Gemma Art Foundation in 2005. Gemma Art Foundation was a non-profit educational institution dedicated to the education and promotion of fine arts and has now evolved into Princeton Academy of Art. Her works have been shown nationally and internationally including New York, San Francisco, Paris and Tokyo. Her work is in private collections, as well as the permanent collection of Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, New York.
“Teaching art is unique. Blending the didactic teaching of technical skills with the abstract idea of creativity is the most important part of helping students reach their potential.” –Anna Neis
Originally from Odessa, Ukraine, Iliya immigrated to the United States in the early 1990’s with his family. From a young age Iliya pursued training in the arts in the Russian academic tradition. He studied in LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Art and in the Bridgeview School of Fine Arts in New York under the tutelage of professors trained in the art academies of the former Soviet Union. Iliya studied in St. Petersburg, Russia in the prestigious I.E. Repin State Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture from which he received his Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting.
In his paintings he aims to connect the Russian aesthetic with American sensibilities, creating images that go beyond their origins. He has been recipient of a number of prestigious scholarships and awards both in the United States and in Russia, winning the “First Place” award in the American Portrait Society’s International Portrait Competition. Iliya was selected to develop his design for a public monument for Icon Bay Residences in Miami, Florida in collaboration with The Related Group architecture firm. He was recently a Third Place winner of the Alpine Fellowship Fine Art Competition.
Iliya Mirochnik also actively teaches. He has given workshops and lectures in such institutions as Ringling College of Art and Design, Del Mar College, Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Florence Academy of Art, Grand Central Atelier, The Academy of Realist Art Boston, and many others. Currently, Iliya resides in Brooklyn, New York.
A native New Yorker, James was first introduced to figurative drawing in his teens at the Art Students’ League and Hunter College High School. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1996, James taught art for the next decade at the Rubin Museum, Saint Ann’s School, and various public schools while refining his craft, studying life drawing, painting, and sculpture at Pratt, SVA, and the Art Students’ League. In 2003, he began his classical training in the Russian academic method at Bridgeview School of Fine Arts in New York City. Two years of intensive summer study at Russia’s premier art academy, the Ilya Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture, cemented James’ affinity for their thorough program and their strict teaching methodology. Relocating to St. Petersburg from 2007 to 2012, James became the first American accepted to the Repin Institute’s sculpture department in over 20 years. After a three-year hiatus, in which he taught sculpture and drawing at the Beaux-Arts Academy in New York and Rome, he returned to the Repin Academy in Russia from 2015-2017 to become the only American to graduate with highest honors and be offered a solo show at the Academy. He has exhibited both drawing and sculpture in New York City and St. Petersburg and received various awards including the Gloria Medal at the National Sculpture Competition held at the New York Academy of Art.
Roberto Osti is an artist, author and educator. He studied in Bologna, Italy, at the State Institute of Art where he received his degree in Art from 1973-1978. He later studied at Bologna University’s Superior School for Anatomical/Surgical Drawing where he received a degree in Anatomical/Surgical Drawing with honors in 1982. Roberto then came to the United Sates where he studied at the Art Students League followed by the New York Academy of Art where he received his Masters of Fine Art in 2007.
Roberto has taught at the Yard School of Art, Bloomfield College, Drew University: Caspersen Graduate School and presently the New York Academy of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Art as well as the University of the Arts.
Museum of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2011 and 2016)
Flowers Gallery NYC
The Drawing Center NYC
Sloan Fine Art NYC
DFN Gallery NYC
-2018, May & October issues of Artists Magazine
-2016, Basic Human Anatomy, Roberto Osti – anatomy for artists, released in
October 2016 by The Monacelli Press, NY,NY
-2011, Creative Quarterly– Creative Quarterly
-2009, Drawing–The Winter 2009 issue of Drawing magazine, an American Artist
publication, features a 10-page article on my work including images and a