Frank Covino is an artist who has had his talent passed onto him from a string of Italian grandfathers. Frank did not choose to be an artist. He was ordained. He paints the Florentine method with oils, portrature being his true talent.
Frank earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Art Teacher Education in 1959, from the most honored Art College in the country, Pratt Institute. In 1960, Frank was hired to teach the portrait course for The Famous Artists School in Westport, Connecticut, before establishing his own Academy of Art in Fairfield, Connecticut, in 1963
twenty-four years later, Covino closed the doors to his Academy and took to the road, where he still conducts realistic seminars in major cities from coast to coast. His students have produced over 30,000 paintings under his direction, all executed in the Classical manner. Some of these oil painters and sculptors have been loyal Covino students for over three decades.
Frank’s life size portrait of singer Dinah Shore was dramatically unveiled during the popular national television show 20/20, and was displayed for years at the Mission Hills country club in Palm Springs. Covino was also commissioned to paint a large portrait of film actress, Gloria Swanson, shortly before her passing, and another study of the late Marvin Gaye, when the singer was at the height of his career.
Frank has authored three major Art books to guide aspiring artists, The Fine Art of Portraiture (Van Nostrand/Reinhold, 1970)… Discover Acrylics With Frank Covino, (Watson/Guptill,1974), and Controlled Painting, (North Light Books, 1982).
He also has produced 12 instructional DVD presentations for oil portraitists, portrait sculptors and pastel portrait artists seeking demonstrations and private guidance in the craft, and is working to complete a fourth art book, defending The Classical Academic Painting method as “...a highly intellectual, Left-Brain activity, of no less value than academically composed Classical Music.
Some of Franks work
Frank's Controlled Palette
In the May 2000 issue, The Artist's Magazine named the Frank Covino Workshops to be ONE OF THE FIVE BEST WORKSHOPS IN THE COUNTRY. Student testimonials often remark they have learned more from Frank's instruction and demonstrations than from four years of study at their college or university!83 year old Frank Covino conducts more Nationwide Workshops than any other professional artist in the country and two Graduate Credits are now offered for 60 hours of Frank Covino Workshop attendance in the state of Colorado; this honor is unprecedented!