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The success stories of some of our graduates

Sarah Joy

Sarah Joy Jungen and Karsten Peter Hoop

After graduating from the FCAA Sarah Joy Jungen and Karsten Hoop created the animated watercolor film DROPS and build a successful animation company from it. By using the traditional tools they've proved their worth in the century and are now working on commissioned films internationally. The vision is to create healthy and educational films that lead to more understanding and compassion between humans.


Osamu Giovanni Tanimoto


Graduated in 2014.


Current projects include the exterior mural painting for the church in Taipei, Taiwan, and the interior mural painting for the chapel in Lyon, France, as well as painting the interior of the Italian harpsichord and a portrait commission of an Italian doctor. After 4 years of teaching in the Sacred Art School in Florence, Osamu will open his own studio in Florence, Italy to further practice his art, drawing and painting. He wants to share the sacred art and the realism with young and old artists alike.


Natasa Govedarou


Director of Govedarou Art Gallery


Anastasia (Natasa) Govedarou is from Thessaloniki, Greece and she graduated from the FCAA in 2014 (Grade A). She is a member of the Greek groups of artists SKETBE and SKETKE and of the International group of artists “Narrative Movements” based in India. She had many solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad ( With

her works she creates her own sense of personal freedom and space. Despite the constraints of the canvas, which allows her only two dimensions to work with, she is still able to create horizons that open

up spaces, full of enchantment. She likes to give a mystic atmosphere to her landscapes inspired mainly by the Greek light and colors. Her portraits give the deep character of men and women with a love for details and expressive lines. From September 2014 she is the owner and director of GOVEDAROU ART GALLERY ( in Thessaloniki, Greece. The aim of the Gallery is to show Greek and foreign, established and new artists, creating with them a long-term relationship of cooperation.


Maurilio Milone


Since my experience at FCAA I have been an active artist in both my own community and abroad. I was part of Centro Contemporaneo, a group of local artists with a common goal of making the city of Catania a better place by strengthening it through art. Every first weekend of the month I would hold an open studios and create new work for the events. I then moved to Barcelona with my wife and fellow artist Terra Chapman. There I served as an assistant teacher at La Salle University. Together we taught EcorchОe to the 1st year animation students. I also taught a

Fundamentals of Perspective Workshop at the Barcelona Academy of Art.

Recently I had my first gallery show together with Terra at Oz Galleria d'Arte curated by Luca Lombardo. Through Oz I befriended Giuseppe Sciacca, former Academia di Belle Arti etching teacher and fine artist. In his

studio on Mt. Etna he initiated me to etching techniques. I consider him an important mentor. Currently I'm preparing new work for a dual show with Terra at Gallery 709 in Missoula, MT and for a collective etching exhibitions at Oz Gallery on November. I'm also collaborating with the Missoula Art Museum to offer a class of drawing fundamentals for teenagers.


Terra Chapman


After attending the FCAA I went to Spain to become a painting, drawing, and anatomy teacher at the Barcelona Academy of Art. I taught there for three years and met many wonderful students and additional professors along the way. It was a life changing experience and made me much more confident in myself as well as in my artworks. After that I married Maurilio Milone, a fellow artist I met in Florence. We decided to move to the USA together. We lived in Sicily for one year before moving to the USA and during that time we had a dual show together, called Married Landscapes. The project focused on presenting the nature and beauty of

the Etna volcano area in Sicily to the viewer, but through me and my husband's different styles.


Now I am living in the USA, in Missoula Montana. I will have a show in November as well be teaching a figure drawing class, one of my favorite subjects to teach.


Rosalie Gamache


Rosalie Gamache is a Canadian artist born in 1993. In 2013-2014, she studied in Italy at the Florence Classical Art Academy. Upon her return to Canada, she moved to Quebec City and perfected her technique through private mentorship. At the same time, she obtained a baccalaureate degree in visual and media arts at Laval University, which she completed with a study session in France, at the “École des beaux-arts de Marseille.”


Her singular journey, halfway between fine arts and contemporary art, led her to develop an approach that updates the medium of painting by revisiting in an intimate way classical subjects. Rosalie is now living and working in Montreal, Canada.






Anouk Bijsterbosch

After attending the Florence Classical Arts Academy in Florence Anouk is working as a professional artist and teaches constructive drawing and painting at her studio in Apeldoorn. 


Recently she was commissioned to paint a lost work of Johannes Vermeer. The research; designing of the composition; the painting process and examination of the finished painting was followed and filmed by a renowned Dutch TV production company.

During the big Vermeer Exhibition in the Rijksmuseum, the work of Vermeer will get massive attention throughout the Netherlands. 


In my studio I teach students about the constructive method, importance of study of anatomy and how we are trained to paint alla prima with colour, but also Mastercopy and 17th century Dutch painting tradition.

When I am in my studio I am reminded every day of my training in Italy and my dear professors at the academy.


Recently I have taught a workshop at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and now I am preparing for a solo show in 2024.

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