Artist Across Borders
Francesco Fontana is a professional artist with many years of experience in oil, watercolor, acrylic and dry media. After art school, he followed a bohemian dream and started his artistic journey in the streets of Paris, making a living by drawing tourists’ portraits. In the years to follow, he exhibited his art in Italy and France. His paintings are now in many private collections in Europe, USA and Asia.
Before becoming a professional painter, Francesco worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for international cultural events such as theatre, classical music, jazz festivals and symphonic orchestras. Other specialty works include watercolor rendering for major architectural projects in the Middle East.
Since 2008, Francesco has been the co-founder and director of Fare Pittura Atelier, based in Milan, Italy. There he teaches regular classes of life drawing, oil and watercolor alternating with intensive travel as workshop instructor and presenter. His international experience includes dozens of workshops in Provence, Normandy, Paris and Giverny, France. Italy’s destinations include Sicily, Umbria, Puglia and Liguria. He’s been invited to teach as far as Bali, Indonesia and the US.
In 2015, Francesco was invited as a faculty member of the 4th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo in Monterey, CA on the watercolor stage and invited back to the 5th annual convention in 2016 in Tucson, Arizona. Meanwhile, he was exhibiting for the 148th American Watercolor Society in New York’s Salmagundi Club and at the International Watercolor Society’s Meeting in Fabriano, Italy. He is announced as the juror, lecturer and workshop leader for the fall convention of the Watercolor Society of Oregon in 2016. Appearances in the press include Plein Air Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur.
Francesco received his BFA in Palermo, Italy where he was born. He extended his education with further years of study with Italian Masters Maiotti, Lissoni and Pelizzoni. Later he met several international artists who broadened his technique and vision remarkably. Francesco started his career in Paris, has lived in London and is fluent in English and French as well as his native Italian. He is the proud and loving father of two little girls, Teresa and Flora. email@example.com