Jose Grave de Peralta studied Fresco painting at the Spinelli Institute, Florence and drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He has a Master's degree in Spanish Literature from University of Delaware and is fluent in Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese. His Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Classics is from St. John's College, Maryland. Peralta has extensive experience of teaching drawing and art history at the University of Miami, and he originally came to Rome as drawing professor for that same school's graduate architecture program. Jose Peralta has had numerous solo exhibitions and recent shows include Galleria Impression, Cetona (Siena) and Zu Galeria, Miami. He grew up in Miami and moved to Rome in 2009, where he now lives and works. This is Jose's fourth year of teaching on the Rome Art Program.
Artist and Founding Director, Metasenta Projects, Dr. Irene Barberis is an artist, academic and Founding Director of Metasenta® Projects Pty. Ltd, a global arts research 'satellite' which functions between universities, arts organizations and artists. She has initiated many international arts projects in collaboration with artists and institutions in the UK, USA, the Middle East and the Far East.
Born in London, Dr. Barberis holds a Ph.D. from Victoria University, Melbourne. She is a painter, installation and new media artist and has held over forty-five solo exhibitions in Australia and internationally, and participated in more than eighty group exhibitions. In the last year, Dr. Barberis has worked with process performances in drawing and large scale installations, and recently exhibited in the Bury Museum and Art Gallery, UK with Australian Artist Mike Parr; and the Art and Science 'Tapestry of Light Project' with Professor David Mainwaring in February in Dubai, at the Tashkeel Gallery, UAE. She was International Chair of the Crossing the Line Drawing in the Middle East Conference giving one of the keynote addresses, and is currently curating an exhibition of 87 Australian Artists for an international Drawing Conference in London at the University of the Arts London which includes the launching of the new Contemporary Australian Artists Volume 1 publication which she commissioned through Metasenta®. She has initiated and directed two University galleries and now is a Director of the commercial gallery, Langford120 in Melbourne, Australia. She is also a Senior Lecturer in the RMIT School of Art in Painting, Drawing and Research and has many Ph.D. and D.F.A. Post Graduate supervisions.
Dr. Barberis runs Metasenta Publications, an arm of Metasenta Pty. Ltd. which works with international artists and arts writers. She is currently authoring a book, due for publication in September through International publishers Palgrave Macmillan, on Metasenta®.
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