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  A Conversation With... Dominic Avant

Dominic Avant, Painter / Animation Faculty,
Ringling College of Art and Design

About Dominic Avant

Dominic Avant received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts at Rhode Island School of Design in 1991. Upon completion at RISD he worked as a free-lance illustrator and teacher. In 1996, he was recruited by Walt Disney Feature Animation and worked on films such as Mulan, Tarzan, The Emperor's New Groove, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear and numerous shorts. This creative community introduced him to plein air painting. Shortly after, he began showing in galleries. His passion for painting plein air has grown to include studio works and remarkable portraiture that catches a person as they are in their real world.

Dominic's work is a fusion of realism and impressionism. Each painting shows a strong sense of light, vivid color, fluid brushwork and deep emotional content. He strives to evoke in his viewers the same emotions that compel him to paint from the first brushstroke.

Dominic has won numerous national awards in The Artist's Magazine, Arts for the Parks, the Portrait Society of America and the Best of Show at Eastern Regional Oil Painter's of America. Today, Dominic both teaches at Ringling College of Art and Design and is a painter.

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