Orvieto Master Classes

Vincent Desiderio and Bernardo Siciliano

July 4-15, 2022 
with guest lecturer Kurt Kauper on July 8th

Plus a special session with guest artist Steven Assael

July 18-22, 2022 

The Instructors

Vincent Desiderio
Bernardo Siciliano

The amalgamation of painterly traces that comprise the pictures of Bernardo Siciliano and Vincent Desiderio can be divided into two categories: those made in the heat of perception and those constructed from a conceptual approach.  Although both methods result in images that are high on the spectrum of the “reality effect,” and both display an urgency of execution, they are founded on different premises.  The different nature of the premises and their mutual goals in the terminus of “realism,” highlights and important aspect of the potential for meaning.

The Program

The focus of the workshops will span the area between theory and execution. Participants will develop a deeper awareness of the choices they make regarding technique. They will develop a clearer understanding of the historical origins and precedence of their own aspirations as painters and be able to place their explorations within the context of today’s horizon of expectations.       


Participants will have the opportunity to work closely with both Vincent Desiderio and Bernardo Siciliano who will present two different approaches to method - one involving a sustained development of illumination with a gradual chromatic development and the other emphasizing a more direct application of color. Studio work will be conducted with live models.

The City

Orvieto sits majestically atop an imposing ridge of tufo volcanic stone, overlooking cypress-dotted lowlands.  This small city can boast of outstanding museums, a rich history and some of Italy's best wine. Surrounding the imposing city walls is a lush landscape of natural beauty.  

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