Francesco Fontana is an award-winning international artist. After high school he left Sicily to pursue his dream as a bohemian artist in Paris, beginning his career as a portrait painter. Since then he has explored different genres of both oil and watercolor. His paintings are now in private collections in Europe, the United States and Asia, as well as in the permanent collection of the Museum of Paper in Fabriano.
Awards include MUSE, Plein Air Salon, NWS and the most prestigious Bronze Medal of Honor at the 154th AWS International Exhibition - American Watercolor Society, New York, 2021.
In 2008 Francesco founded the “Fare Pittura” atelier in Milan, teaching hundreds of adult students.
Travel intensively holding workshops in different European countries, in the United States and as far as Bali, Indonesia.
Among the iconic places where he has held seminars for years are the gardens and water lily pond at Claude Monet's residence in Giverny.
In America he was a professor at the Plein Air Convention for three years, as well as judge and lecturer for the Watercolor Society of Oregon conference.
He is often invited to the most important festival competitions en plein air.
He released the DVD "Watercolor the Italian Way" published by Liliedhal, the most important video publishing house in the USA.
In addition to countless online interviews, live conferences and podcasts, Francesco Fontana's work appears in the most authoritative international press: Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Art of Watercolor and The Artist UK.
After graduating from artistic school in Palermo, Francesco continued his training in various painting techniques in the atelier of the masters Maiotti and Lissoni in Milan.
Over the years he has met the best international artists who have greatly expanded his technique and vision.
Francis has lived in Paris and London and speaks accurately English and French. He is a father in love (and resilient) with two teenagers: Teresa and Flora, his muses
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