Teresa Oaxaca is an American born artist based currently in Washington D.C. She is a full time painter whose works can be seen in collections and galleries throughout the US and internationally. Her talent has been recognized and rewarded by museums and institutions such as the American Museum of the Cowboy, The former Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Art Renewal Center, The Elisabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Posey Foundation, and The Portrait Society of America and the Museu Europeu D’Art Modern in Barcelona.
Her training includes a four-year diploma at the Angel Academy of Art (Florence Italy, Graduate studies at the Florence Academy, an Apprenticeship with Odd Nerdrum in Norway, and studies at the Art League of Alexandria VA where she trained with Robert Liberace, Paul Lucchesi, and took many other courses. Currently she teaches workshops around the United States and in Europe.
In addition to her studio work she takes a variety of portrait commissions including Family Portraiture, Professional/Business, Custom and Informal arrangements. She exhibits widely and sells her work on a regular basis. She also recently founded a fashion company called “House Of Oaxaca”, selling wares online at
Within Washington D.C. she has participated with local groups such as The Esperanza Education Fund, The Arts Club Of Washington, The Art League School in Alexandria, VA and the National Education Association. In 2014 she became a member of the Young Partners Circle of The National Museum of Women In The Arts. She is also a registered member of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and an Ambassador for the newly established Da Vinci Initiative, which designs and promotes skill-based learning and lesson plans for US K-12 public school educators. She is also a member of the Arts Club of Washington and the California Arts Club.
Since returning to the Washington D.C. area I have been focusing on creating a new and large body of work. My new series have taken me away from academic studies to more elaborate compositions which combine human and still life elements. In addition to this I now take on portrait commissions, and continue my studies in art by observing and copying the painting of the Old Masters in art galleries throughout the world.
My work is about pleasing the eye. I paint light and the way it falls. Simple observation reveals beauty; often it is found in the unconventional. Because of this I have learned to take particular delight in unusual pairings of subject matter. Frequently my compositions are spontaneous. When a person comes to me, they occupy a space my mind. Arrangements form from there until with excitement I see and have the idea. The design is both planned and subconscious. For this reason I surround myself with Victorian and Baroque costume, bones, and other things which I find fascinating- I want subject matter to always be at hand.
My paintings are created with oil paint on canvas. I am conscious of the traditional craftsmanship I have attained in Florence. While my interest in new pigments and tools may cause minor alterations in my materials, these really remain fundamentally the same. All my evolution is taking place on the canvas and in my head; in what I see in nature and interpret in two dimensions on the picture plan. I have the fundamentals of design to work with when planning a painting. I make preparatory studies. I use multiple layers to build an illusion of light and form. When this illusion is convincing and to my taste, the painting is done.
Open Exhibit, Group Show at the Art League Gallery,
Best In Show Award, Juror Margaret McCan, New York Academy Of Art
Torpedo Factory Art Center
December 2018- January 2019
Members Exhibit, at The Arts Club Of Washington,
Best In Show Award, Juror Leo J. Kasun, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
December 2018-January 2019
Small Works Invitational, Invitational Group Show
A Collector's Feast, Group Exhibition at
American Legacy Fine Arts
Flora, Solo Exhibition at Artists & Makers Studios
Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 & 12280 Wilkins Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852
Washington Baroque, Solo Exhibition at the Arts Club Of Washington.
Opening Night Reception November 3, 6:30-9 pm
Show runs November 3-26, 2017
2017 I Street, N.W. Washington D.C. 20006-1804
Masquerade Ball, Solo Exhibition at Southern Atelier, Sarasota Florida. January 26-February 26, 2017.
Root To Bloom, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia. November 2017.
Misfits, Solo Exhibition at The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia. April 2016
Opening Night Reception April 7 6:30-9 pm
Show runs April 6-May 1
105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Teresa Oaxaca: Exuberance, Solo Show at the Haynes Galleries, Nashville Tennessee.
Opening Night Reception April 8 2016.
On the Music Row Roundabout, 1600 Division Street, Suite 140
California Art Club 105th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition
April 3 – April 24, 2016
Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Nexus, Abend Gallery, Denver, Colorado. April 2016
Natura Morta- Solo Exhibition, Embassy of Slovenia. Washington D.C. December 21 2015-February 8 2016
Atelier: The Art Of Representation The Mall Galleries, London. Nov 30th-Dec 4th 2015
Figures & Interiors, John Pence Gallery. San Francisco, California. November 20-December 19, 2015
The Representational Art Conference, Crowne Plaza, Ventura County, CA. Nov 1-13, 2015
Still Lifes & Florals, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California. October 16-November 11, 2015
Unfurl, Curated Group Exhibition at Gallery 1261. Denver, Colorado. August 2015
Celebrating Women, Invitational Figurative Exhibition at Haynes Galleries, Thomaston Maine. August 12-September 15
Figure & Form, Teresa Oaxaca & Robert Liberace- Principle Gallery, Alexandria VA. May 2015
Exhibition of Finalists, Portrait Society of America. Atlanta, Georgia 2015
Masquerade Lacuna Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico. April 2015
Boston International Fine Art Show with Principle Gallery, Boston. November 2014
Running With Scissors, Kwan Fong Gallery (California Lutheran University), Ventura County, CA. October-November 2014
The Uncanny, Three Person Exhibition, S.R. Brennen Gallery. Santa Fe, New Mexico. October 3 2014.
Re-Presenting The Nude Biennial Group Exhibition, Evoke Contemporary. Santa Fe, New Mexico. June 27 2014
Holdfast III: Effigy and Exile Co Exhibitions Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. June 28 2014
Nueva Vida, An Esperanza Event, Three Person Exhibition, Embassy of Bolivia, Washington D.C. May 1 2014
20th Anniversary Invitational, Principle Gallery, Alexandria VA. Opening April 25, 2014
5th Annual Esperanza Gala Benefit, Carnegie Institute of Washington D.C. March 14 2014
The Last Time I Saw Paris, Principle Gallery Charleston, Charleston NC. April 7 2014
Re-presenting Representation, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York. February 2014.
The Representational Art Conference (TRAC) Women By Women, Kwan Fong Gallery (California Lutheran University), California. Opening February 15, 2014.
International Masters of Fine Art, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, 2013
Women Painting Women, Richard John Demato Gallery, Sag Harbor, 2013
Gray Matter, group show at Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, July 2013
Women Painting Women (R)Evolution, Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia. September 2013.
Spring Still Life Invitational, group show at Principle Gallery, 2013
Signals, DC Arts Center, Washington D.C. 2012
Finalist Exhibition at Portrait Society of America (2nd Place), Atlanta, 2011.
Classical Realism, solo exhibition, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA. (2010)
Esperanza Annual Benefit Gala, The Carnegie Institue of Washington D.C. (2010)
Solo Show, NoVa Schlesinger Performance Center Art Gallery (2009)
Hermitage Gallery, Mclean, Virginia, 2008-2009
Rosslyn Spectrum Theater Solo Exhibit, Arlington, VA (2008)
The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA (2002-2010)
Social Justice Art Show, Arlington, VA (2008)
Art in City Hall, Alexandria, VA (2008)
Arlington Arts Alliance member shows, (2008- present)
Arlington Central Library Solo Show, Arlington, VA (2007)
A Taste for Justice art auction, Legal Services of Northern Virginia (2007)
Arlington County Fair, Selected Exhibitor (2006, 2008)
Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C., National Scholastics Winners (2003)
Exhibited Work (International)
Corpo A Corpo. Museo Villa Bardini, Florence. 2019
Concurso Figurativas, Exhibition at MEAM (Museu Europeu D'Art Nacional. Barcelona, Spain. 2015-2016
Florence Academy Graduation 2009, exhibitor and Best Drawing of the Year Award, Florence, Italy.
Odd Nerdrum and Students, Ragland Atelier, Stavern, Norway (2008)
Annigoni’s Legacy, Group Show Jack Barclay Bentley, Berkeley Square London (2007)
R.D.S. Dublin, Ireland Art Show (2007)
Apollo Gallery, Dublin Ireland (2007)
Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy, Student Shows. (2006-08)
Cherrylane Fine Arts Group Exhibition, County Wicklow, Ireland (2007-08)
Professional Awards & Affiliations
First Honor Portrait Society of America, The Black Pierrot Atlanta, Georgia. 2015
Member of The Young Partners Circle, National Museum of Women in the Arts 2014-
Member of the Arts Club of Washington
Ambassador for The Da Vinci Initiative
Ambassador for Rublev Natural Pigments
Ambassador for Artefex Art
Member and Faculty at The Portrait Society of America
ARC Salon Finalist and Chairman's Choice Award 2014
Portrait Society of America "Certificate of Merit" Award 2013
ARC Salon Award for Best Social Commentary and Finalist 2012
ARC Salon Finalist 2012
2nd Place Award Portrait Society of America, 2011, Buckhead, Georgia.
Chairman's Choice Award, Art Renewal Center 2011
Art Renewal Center International Salon, Finalist in three categories (2008, 2009)
Selected for solo show in 2010, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA. 2010
Art Renewal Center International 2nd Place Scholarship Winner (2007 and 2008)
Best in Show Award, The Art League Gallery, Alexandria: May 2008 (Juror, Brandon Fortune), and December 2008 (Juror Fritz Briggs)Honorable Mention, “Curves” exhibition, 2010(Juror Warren Perry)
Printmaking at Georgetown University, Walsh Arts Building, with Professor Scip Barnhart. 2016-2018.
Four month long "Grand Tour" of Europe, travelling to the artistic capitals of the Old Masters museums and cities (2012)
Studied with Robert Liberace at The Art League Alexandria, Old Town, Virginia (2010-2011)
Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy (2009-2010)
Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy, Core Program Degree and Graduate Studies (2005-2008)
Apprenticeship in Studio of Odd Nerdrum- The Nerdrum School, Stavern, Norway (2008)
Grants and Scholarships
Elizabeth Greenshields Award, 2009 and 2008
Stacey Scholarship, American Museum of the Cowboy 2009 and 2008
Art Renewal Center Scholarship, 2008 and 2009
Posey Foundation Scholarship, 2008
Art Workshops & Lectures
"Drawing The Portrait In Charcoal", at The Art League School, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, Virginia. January 5-6, 2019
"Two Day Portrait Drawing Workshop", at The Princeton Academy of Art, Princeton, New Jersey. December 15-16, 2018.
Faculty at The 2018 Figurative Art Convention & Expo, at The Biltmore Hotel, Miami, Florida. November 7-10, 2018
"Portraiture With Decorative Elements", at The Florence Studio, Florence, Italy. September 24-28, 2018
"Painting The Portrait With Decorative Elements", at Cwmdu School, Cwmdu, Crickhowell, Wales, UK. September 7-12, 2018
"Composing And Executing The Half-Length Portrait in Four Days", at Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio, Whidbey Island, Washington. June 14-17, 2018
"Painting The Portrait In Oil" at Studio Incamminati, Philadelphia, PA.. June 23-24, 2018
"The Figure In Charcoal" at The Art League School, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, Virginia. June 9-10, 2018
"Painting The Portrait With Alla Prima/ An Exploration of Quick And Expressive Brushwork In Color" at The Art League School, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, Virginia. March 19-21, 2018
"Oil Painting With Teresa Oaxaca", at ARTiculations, The Toronto Academy of Realist Art, Toronto, Canada. June 1-3, 2018.
"Painting the Portrait and Figure in Full Color, And Exploration of Mark Making and Composing With Hue", at The Scottsdale Artists School, Scottsdale, Arizona. February 12-16, 2018
"The Portrait in an Aesthetic Environment", at Waltham Mills Artists Association, Waltham, Massachusetts. January 26-29, 2018
"The Portrait in Charcoal", at The Art League School, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, Virginia. January 6-7, 2018
"Composing & Executing the Half-Length Portrait in Four Days", at Warehouse 521, Nashville, Tennessee. December 6-9, 2017
"Alla Prima Portraiture", At The Florence Studio, Florence, Italy. September 25-29, 2017
"Sight Size Portrait Drawing", at Cwmdu School, Cwmdu, Crickhowell, Wales, UK. September 11-14, 2017
"Sight Size Still Life Painting", at Cwmdu School, Cwmdu, Crickhowell, Wales, UK. September 15-17, 2017
"Alla Prima Portrait Painting Masterclass", at the London Academy of Representational Art (LARA). London, UK. July 17-19, 2017
"Classical Portraiture with Still Life", at The Flemish Classical Atelier, Bruges, Belgium. August 21-31, 2017
"Figure Drawing in Charcoal", at the Art League School, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, Virginia. June 10-11, 2017
"Drawing The Portrait and Figure" at Carmel Visual Arts, Carmel, CA, June 13-15, 2017
"Alla Prima Portrait Painting", at the Art League School, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, Virginia. March 20-22, 2017
"Painting Luscious Floral Still Life With Effigies", Southern Atelier, Sarasota, Florida. January 27-9, 2017
"The Portrait In Charcoal", Sadie Valeri Atelier,
San Francisco, California. January 16-19, 2017
"Charcoal Portrait Drawing", The Art League School,
Alexandria, Virginia. January 7-8, 2017
"Drawing the Figure in Charcoal at Snow College", Ephraim, Utah. June 2016
"Painting the Portrait in Oil", Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio at Kasteel Keppel, Gelderland, Netherlands. October 3-7, 2016
"Drawing the Portrait In Charcoal", at La Galeria Roja. Seville, Spain. September 2-4, 2016
"Classical Portraiture With Still Life" at the Flemish Classical Atelier, Bruges, Belgium. AUGUST 1-26, 2016.
"Painting the Portrait in Alla Prima" at Waltham Studios. June 24-27, 2016. Boston, Massachusetts.
"The Portrait in Alla Prima" at The Art League School, Alexandria VA. March19-20, 2016.
"Painting The Portrait In Two Stages" at Warehouse 521. May 2-5, 2016. Nashville, Tennessee.
Faculty Member at the Portrait Society of America. Reston, Virginia. 2016
"Charcoal Portraiture" at The Art League School, JANUARY 2-3, 2016. Alexandria, VA.
"The Portrait in Charcoal" at Warehouse 521. DECEMBER 3-5, 2015. Nashville, Tennessee
The Art League School. Alexandria, VA. January 2015-2016
Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, Los Angeles 2015
Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio, Washington. 2015
Faculty Member at the Portrait Society of America. Atlanta, Georgia, 2015
Ambassador for the Da Vinci Initiative (DVI) at the Maryland National Art Education Association (NAEA) Conference, 2014. Clarkesville, Maryland.
Two Day Charcoal Workshop, New Mexico Art League. Albuquerque, New Mexico. October 2014
Visiting Professor/Lecturer at Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold Maryland. April 28 2014
Life Drawing Student Instructor, Florence Academy of Art, 2010