Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Art League Artist Wins Prize at International Portrait Competition!

Teresa Oaxaca (courtesy of artist website)

Teresa Oaxaca, a young professional artist residing in Arlington, Virginia, took 2nd place in the International Portrait Competition for her portrait of "Father Time." She was one of fifteen finalists selected out of over 1,800 entries in the Portrait Society of America's bi-annual International Portrait Competition. Awards were announced on April 30, 2011 during the 13th Annual Art of the Portrait Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.  The finalists' works were on display and were judged by a panel composed of leaders in the field of traditional fine art portrait and figurative art. 

"Father Time" by Teresa Oaxaca

Oaxaca’s "Father Time" is a double portrait in that it represents both the allegory of Father Time (an immortal old man, usually accompanied by an hour glass, scythe, or a white beard) and a portrait of her grandfather Joze Velikonja.  Oaxaca says:

“In the portrait you can see his story written in his face. This is a very humanist portrait; I have not idealized him but painted him just the way he is. I saw no reason to add arching eyebrows, a one foot beard, wings, or anything majestic of that sort. All these qualities I felt were self-contained in his gaze, and that the human condition was written in his face and unequivocal posture.”

Oaxaca, a full-time professional painter, is a 2005 H-B Woodlawn (Arlington VA) graduate, and studied art in Italy for five years. Oaxaca recently displayed “Father Time” and other works at the Arlington Central Library in December 2010.   

Oaxaca began her art education at The Art League School at the age of five. At 17, she left to study in Florence professionally at the Angel Academy of Art and the Florence Academy of Art. She was selected for a solo show in 2010 at The Art League Gallery. She has received numerous accolades from The Art League for her work, including two "Best in Show" awards at May and September 2008 Art League exhibits. Now at 23, she continues to take classes at The Art League School.

More information can be obtained on her blog post, at

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