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The Portrait Society's
18th Annual Portrait Conference
Reston, Virginia, April 14-17

The 18th Annual Portrait Society’s Conference is almost here! It will be held in Reston, Virginia.
See Rob's schedule on the Workshop/Classes page.

The Sculpture dvd is out!
At last, Rob's two-disc dvd describing how to create a bust in terra cotta is now out.
View Excerpts

The Portrait in Terra Cotta DVD

Link to excerpts on youtube


Richard ORmond speaks on sargent at The Art League of Virginia, November 2015
Rob was priveledged to introduce the great John Singer Sargent historian and author, Richard Ormond. Mr. Ormond also happens to be Sargent's grand nephew and had very special insight about the artist's life. Here is the lecture in its entirety.


portrait of Shady Grove Hospital Doner Unveiled, October 2015
Rob’s portrait of Potomac, Maryland pioneer Farid Srour was unveiled at the Congressional Country Club in Potomac, Maryland on Wednesday, October 14th. Rob says he enjoyed Mr. Srour's youthful spirit and painting his expressive face, despite his age of 98. Rob has been commissioned to do several more portraits for the hospital.

Portrait of Farid Srour


Rob's article in The Artists Magazine now out
We just received a few copies of the November 2015 issue of The Artist's Magazine. Rob wrote an article for a column called "Road Test" where he reviews his experience with a linen panel and demonstrates by painting on one of the panels in oil. They show the grisaille and the final. Looks good! (pages 62 -64)

The Artist's Magazine article written by Rob, October 2015

Rob to show/demo at Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA. May 12-June 2, Demo May 29

paintings at Principle Gallery

Rob will be showing at Principle Gallery, 208 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia, along with artist Teresa Oaxaca from May 12 through June 2. The gallery will not be holding an official opening "party" on the 12th, but instead, on separate evenings, each artist will paint a demo from a live model! Teresa will demo on May 15th and Rob will demo on Friday May 29 at 6 PM. For more information please contact Principle Gallery at 703.739.9326 or info@principlegallery.com.


Drawing Show at 11th Street Art
Queens, New York
May 15th

Red chalk drawing

If you happen to be in the New York area, Rob also has several drawings (a red chalk and a silverpoint) in the show "Nude, a Figure Drawing Exhibition" at Eleventh Street Arts, part of the Grand Central Atelier at 46-06 11th Street, Queens, NY 11101. The opening reception will be held Friday, May 15 from 6-9pm.

"The Classic Portrait" dvd is now out!

Classic Portrait Detail

This is a four hour dvd in two parts - grisaille (underpainting) the first day then color added the next. Rob uses pigments and mediums. Info can be found on the dvd page.
See a three minute clip showing some EXCERPTS.


Emmy Nomination for our film editor, Adim Lubkin,
Spring 2013

Congratulations to our dvd director and editor, Adam Lubkin, for receiving an EMMY NOMINATION this past spring for the cinematography in one of his short films. He is so understated that he failed to mention this to us until now! Adam, together with Mike Yamrus (camera and authoring) make up the core of our amazing team. We are really fortunate to have them.
Here's a link to Adam's Emmy nominated clip (He directed the desert footage as well as some of the competition footage). http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-films-presents/0ap1000000074707/NFL-Films-Presents-Slacklining-hits-the-Super-Bowl


Rob accepted as an "Art Renewal Center Living Master"
June 2013
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Rob has been accepted as an "Art Renewal Center Living Master."
Thank you to our friends who suggested Rob apply. It is a wonderful organization that promotes the continuation and renewal of classical realist art as well as a wonderful resource to see many great historical works of art close up.
http://www.artrenewal.org/ for the main page or http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/sitesearch.php for Rob's portfolio page.


American Art Collector, October 2012
Robert Liberace, Renaissance Painter Incarnate
Page 48-53
American Art Collector spread

Some recent blogs by artist and blogger Matthew Innis...

Rob's demo at May's Nationional Portrait Society Conference

Rob's show at Arcadia Gallery


Don't Miss this...
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One Man exhibit
This Saturday Evening
arcadia fine arts
New York, NY
Saturday May 26, 2012
Reception from 4-6pm.
Rob will be doing a live demo during the show, so join us!


View photos of our spring 2012 group trip to Edinburgh


"The Figure Sketch in Oil" dvd is now out!

The Figure Sketch in Oil cover

In a single three and a half hour sitting, Rob uses a full color palette to paint the figure in oil. View excerpts (to music in ths clip). Order on the dvd page.


Rob interviewed for American Artist's
"Drawing, The Complete Course" 2011 issue

Spread of American Artist's Drawing Issue
American Artist has produced a publication entirely dedicated to drawing. Rob is one of several artists interviewed. He gives drawing tips including highlights, core shadows, lines and blending. Produced by Interweave Press.

Rob interviewed for American Artist's
Spring 2011"Drawing" issue

American Artist spread
American Artist's Austin Williams interviewed Rob for this article which focuses on ways to inprove your figure drawing, including trying your had at ecorch (modeling the figure in clay) and other important methods such as identifying shadow areas, varying strokes and expressing personal vision.


Rob is an author!
Rob writes an article for American Artist's "Painting Workshop with the Masters" Spring 2011 issue

Red Chalk spread
Rob wrote an article for American Artist. He covers the history and an extensive "how to" of red chalk drawing. It is 12 pages long and shows a step by step demo plus photos of materials list and a lot of his red chalk drawings.

New Youtube short out Spring 2011
"Painted Sketches"

Figure in Oil image
Check out snipets of several of Rob's painting videos on youtube.

The Artist's Magazine, November, 2010
"A Bevy of Brushes"
by Maureen Bloomfield

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What are your favorite brushes? In this informative article in The Artist's Magazine editor Maureen Bloomfield interviews Rob along with several other artists about what brushes they use and why.


Rob Provides "Tip of the Week"
for The Artist's Magazine Blog
October 28, 2010
Artist's Magazine Blog logo

“I generally use Gamsol to clean my oil brushes after each day, and periodically I'll wash them in soap and water to keep them from getting too hard. Sometimes after a demo I will forget to clean my brushes and I find the paint has hardened on the brush. When this happens I use a little citrus-based paint stripper (fewer fumes) to remove the hardened paint, and then I clean with soap and water. After this treatment the brush will lose a little of its spring but as long as it can leave a mark I’ll keep it in the studio.” - Robert Liberace
See the full blog.

Rob took part teaching with American Artist's
"Weekend with the Masters" 2010
Laguna Beach, California
September 23-26 2010

The event was conceived by American Artist Magazine as a way to celebrate the renaissance we're experiencing in representational art by "having some of the top traditional artists in the country convene for a long weekend of workshops, demos, lectures, and panel discussions". Rob was asked to participate by teaching two full-day workshops and a half-day demo.

image from weekend at the masters

image from weekend at the masters

Images from Rob's anatomy drawing class. Photos kindly supplied by Jack Scialabba.


Silver Brush Now Selling Robert Liberace Brush Sets

Silver Brush Figure set..Silver Brush Portrait Set
For years Rob has enjoyed the craftmanship and quality of Silver Brushes so was thrilled when Dee Silver of Silver Brush Limited asked if she could tailor two lines of brushes to his needs. For more information on both the figure painting set and the portrait painting set go to Silver Brush.com.


Artist Daily Online Article, April 16, 2010
Understanding Anatomy Leads to Artistic Accuracy"
by Courtney Jordan

Rob drawing.close up
During a figure-drawing demonstration, artist Robert Liberace
showed that an attuned focus on and knowledge of anatomy
can lead to strong depictions of the human body.
Read the article

Rob's dvd Reviewed in premier issue of
"American Painting Video Magazine"
(e-magazine covering current representational artists)

This beautifully crafted film produced by Michael Klein (a wonderful realist painter) features studio visits, demos and interviews and art dvd reviews. Artist featured include Jacob collins, Trais Schlaht, Paul Oxborough, Long Island Academy of Fine Art, Rober Armetta, Kerry Dunn, Carlo Russo and a review by artist Mathew Innis of Rob's "Figure in Motion" dvd. This first issue is two hours in length and can be downloaded as a Quicktime movie for $10. We believe it does a wonderful job of demonstrating the current rennaisance of realist art and is worth seeing. For informaiton go to http://www.americanpaintingvideomagazine.com/

American Painting Vdieo Magazine cover

Portrait Painting Atelier: Old Master Techniques and Contemporary Application

Rob just received this beautiful hardcover book from the author, artist and teacher Suzanne Brooker. Just released, it focuses on the foundational principles of art, the history of portrait painting during the resaissance and the recent resurgance in classical painting and how it is being preserved, largely, by the atelier movement of today. It discusses techniques and incudes demonstrations. It is packed with beautiful examples of paintings from old masters and artists of today. She has included six of Rob's portraits. It is 208 pages by Watson-Guptill Publications.

book cover


Special event:

John Pence Gallery: The Human Figure
February 26 to April 10, 2010

Rob is participating in a classical figure painting show at the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco. If you're in the area it looks to be an amazing collection from many top figure painters. Unfortunately Rob won't be able to make the opening, but it will definitley be a great show to see. See an article about the show in American Art Collector magazine, February 2010, pages 128-131.

figure reaching


Arcadia Fine arts, New York
- One Man Exhibition
Saturday, March 13, 2010 from noon to 6pm

Join Rob in SoHo for the opening reception of an exhibition featuring his small sized figure paintings and drawings. In addition, for the first time at the gallery, Rob will be doing a figure drawing demo during the opening. See an article about the show in American Art Collector magazine, March 2010. The Arcadia Gallery is located (in SoHo) at 51 Greene Street (between Broome and Grande Streets) New York, NY 10013. The show will be up through March 27th. If you can't make it to NY, see the entire show online by going to http://arcadiafinearts.com/exhibitions.html and then click on the image. It will come up as a slideshow. You can either click on the painting or click on the arrows to the left or right of the image.


Demo at the gallery
Rob's demo during the show. See more photos from the show.


Mother Teresa Statue at the National Shrine, Washington D.C.

Mother Teresa Statue at the National Shrine

Rob's maquet
Rob's original maquette of Mother Teresa, 7x15"

If you find yourself in the vicinity of Washington, D.C., you might want to head to the National Shrine to view the new larger-than-life statue of Mother Teresa located in the hall of Saints. It is based on Rob's original terra cotta design and was sculpted from marble by Italian artisans. The statue was dedicated in September 2009.

"Paint Alexandria" demo, Art League Benefit, May 16, 2009Painting in Alexandria
Rain didn't dampen this year's "Paint Alexandria". Rob painted a scene from the beautiful Carlyle Gardens, about a block from the Torpedo Factory. Held along (or near) the Old Towne waterfront, this two-day plein air event was filled with on-site demonstrations and instructional sessions from some of the artist-instructor members of the Art League.

Unveiling the Portrait of Dasa at Sarasota's "Southern Atelier"
May 2009

Photos taken by Renee Ray


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INStructioNAL DVD's
(go to dvd page for more information)

image of seven dvds
Anatomy: The Arm and Hand will be out soon.

Online Video Clips:

excerpts from Grisaille: The Painted Sketch.

excerpt from The Alla Prima Portrait.

excerpt from The Figure in Motion.

excerpt from Anatomy: The Torso.

Clips (to music - these are wonderful clips created by our videographer friend Adam Lubkin)

The "Quick Draw" video

"Painted Sketches" video

"This professional quality, well edited, instructional DVD has everything you'll need to the understand the three color chalk method of drawing: a gifted and articulate instructor, a well organized demonstration, and a section on materials."
~ M. Stephen Doherty, Editor-in-Chief, American Artist Magazine (on the Three Color Chalk DVD)

...Rob's tips on drawing are mentioned in Steve Doherty's new blog
Six Tips on How to Draw Anything Accurately.

...Read a full review of two of Rob's dvds at artdvdreview.com.

Also on Youtube:
Two photo galleries of Rob's painting, drawing and sculpture...

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Gallery I

Gallery II Image
Gallery II