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Maestro Luca Battini
Maestro Battini is one few artists reinvented renaissance techniques in a contemporary style. He has been trained in all of the major classical techniques (fresco, drawing, oil painting and egg tempera) at the school found by great Maestro Pietro Annigoni. With over 15 years as a professional painter, his talent goes beyond simply reproducing traditional art, to use time-honored methods as the basis for a new mode of realistic expression.

While the models belong to the present day, in the context of his creations they become simultaneously a part of the past and the present. This dual spirit molds his pieces; imbuing each of them with the artistic heritage of Italy while giving fresh inspiration for powerful expression in brilliantly realized objects of art.
Of his passion for art, he states: "I love to think of my painting as something deeply attached to my Tuscan land and its traditions, through a process that brings humankind to its deepest roots, preserving and handing down this ancient knowledge, telling the beauty in our time, everywhere in the world through the ancient techniques; this is the object of my artistic production. "
Lee Alban
Lee Alban is a multi-award winning American oil painting artist, with extensive traditional artistic training from the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, Maryland.

Throughout his career Lee has continued a legacy that began in the 16th Century, a time when artists emphasized drawing, value, temperature, and color. This traditional style has enabled Lee to paint about a wide variety of subjects, and allowed him to gain recognition as a painter of landscapes, florals, figures, portraits, and still life.

Many of his work have a nostalgic focus, including vintage toys, diners, and steam trains. His paintings have in recent years encompassed larger themes. In 2013 he introduced, “Black Gold,” paintings that revive the monumental story of early oil exploration.
Lee’s paintings are prized by collectors and others who appreciate the compositions and figures at work. He is a signature member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society, Allied Artists of America, and Oil Painters of America. He is also a juried member of the International Guild of Realism and a member of the Art Renewal Center.