About Sadie Valeri

Sadie Valeri is an internationally recognized classical oil painter based in San Francisco, California. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and Europe and featured in dozens of periodicals and books. She has been invited to judge several national art competitions and has been a faculty member at the Portrait Society of America's annual conference and a headlining presenter at the F.A.C.E Figurative Art Conference. Her work is in prestigious collections including the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Sadie Valeri earned her BFA in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. She continued her education with living masters of classical realism including Ted Seth Jacobs, Juliette Aristides, and Michael Grimaldi; Studio Escalier in France; and the Hudson River Fellowship with Jacob Collins.

As founder and director of Sadie Valeri Atelier, an art school for adults, Sadie teaches old master painting and drawing skills to hundreds of students each year. Through this experience she developed a renowned ARC-accredited program for teaching traditional skills to contemporary artists, and gained a reputation as one of the leading instructors of painting and drawing in the classical tradition in the United States.​

See Sadie's available work at these galleries:
Pryor Fine Art 
Atlanta, GA
Lily Pad 
Milwaukee, WI and Watch Hill, RI

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Selected Exhibitions


  • Villa Bardini, Florence: Corpo a Corpo Exhibition

  • MEAM, Barcelona, Spain: Art Renewal Center Salon Exhibition


  • Salmagundi Club, New York, NY: Art Renewal Center Salon Exhibition

  • Sotheby's, Los Angeles, CA: Art Renewal Center Salon Exhibition

  • Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA: AWA's Full Sun: American Women Artists Illuminate the Haggin Collection


  • Gallery 1261, Denver, CO: Legacy, curated by Anthony Waichulis


  • John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA: Still Life and Florals

  • John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA: Juliette Aristides, Elizabeth Zanzinger, and Sadie Valeri


  • John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA: Still Life and Florals

  • Eleventh Street Arts (Grand Central Atelier), Long Island, NY: Still Life



  • John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, CA: Drawings

  • California: Invitational Conference ExhibitionTRAC2014, Santa Barbara,


  • Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: Women Painting Women: (R)evolution

  • Gallery 1261, Denver, CO: Contemporary Realism


  • Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA: Women Painting Women: The Expedition and Beyond

  • Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT: Still Life Invitational 

  • The Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT: Artists for a New Century


  • Susan Powell Fine Art: Still Life Invitational 

  • Peter Walker Fine Art, Melbourne, Australia: More Real than Real Invitational 

  • Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT: Holiday Inspirations


  • M Gallery of Fine Art, Saratoga, FL: Solo Show

  • Robert Lange Studio, Charleston, SC: Women Painting Women 

  • Arcadia Fine Art, New York, NY: Small Works 

  • Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT: Holiday Show 

  • Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT: Summer in Connecticut


  • Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA: OPA Western Regional Juried Exhibition 

  • Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA: Terrain 

  • Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA: Delicious


  • Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA: Tiny 

  • Art Renewal Center Salon 2019, Still Life, Landscape categories

  • The Representational Art Conference (TRAC) Competition 2015

  • Ani Academies Drawing Competition 2014

  • The Artist’s Magazine Still Life Competition 2012



  • Art Renewal Center Salon, Finalist in the Still Life Category, “Between Darkness and Wonder”

  • Portrait Society of America, Members Only Competition, 4th Merit, "Between Darkness and Wonder"


  • Art Renewal Center Salon, Honorable Mention in the Still Life Category, “Anchor in the Gale”

  • Art Renewal Center Salon, Finalist in the Drawing Category, “Crumpled Wave with Seashell”


  • Art Renewal Center Salon, Honorable Mention in the Still Life Category, “Undersea”

  • Art Renewal Center Salon, Finalist in the Figure Category, “Self Portrait at 39”


  • Art Renewal Center Salon, First Prize in the Still Life Category, “Bottle Collection” 

  • Art Renewal Center Salon, Finalist in the Still Life Category, “Wrapped Silver Goblet”

  • Second Place, Making a Mark Blog, "Best Picture of the Year (Still Life) on an Art"



  • Hudson River Fellowship with Jacob Collins and the Grand Central Academy

  • Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Juried Exhibition, “Silver Globe Pitcher” 

  • Art Renewal Center Salon, Finalist, “Wax Paper II” 

  • ArtSpan Open Studios Exhibition, Jurors’ Choice Award for “Wrapped Silver Goblet”



  • San Francisco ArtSpan Open Studios Exhibition, Jurors’ Choice Award for “Wax Paper and Ribbon”




  • Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier, Belmont, CA

  • Michael Grimaldi, Figure Drawing Workshop 

  • Michael Grimaldi, Portrait Oil Painting Workshop 

  • Ted Seth Jacobs, Portrait Drawing, 6 Week Intensive

  • Studio Escalier, France, Figure Drawing



  • Ted Seth Jacobs, Figure Drawing, , 6 Week Intensive 

  • Dan Thompson, Figure Oil Painting Workshop

  • Juliette Aristides, Figure Drawing Workshop

  • Juliette Aristides, Still Life Oil Painting Workshop



  • Parsons School of Art & Design, Paris, France, Fine Art & Illustration Studies



  • Rhode Island School of Design, BFA, Illustration

Publications and Interviews


COVER IMAGE: Lessons in Classical Painting, Juliette Aristides, 2016 [Click to Order]

Art of the Vanitas, Rodney O'Dell Davis, 2016 [Click to Order]



Suggested Donation Podcast, April 2015 [Click to Listen]

American Painting Video Magazine, Volume II, Summer 2011 [Click to Order]



Journal of the Portrait Society of America, 3rd Quarter 2020
Artist's Profile by Wendy Wagner

Poets and Artists Magazine, June 2014
Curated by Daniel Maidman


The Artist's Magazine, November 2014
"Dramatic Drapery" (PDF)

Amercian Arts Quarterly, Fall 2013
Cover Image, "Self Portrait at 41" (PDF)

The Art of the Portrait, Quarterly Newsletter, Q2 2013
"Victorine Meurent as Manet's Olympia" (PDF)


The Artist's Magazine, June 2012
"Drawing the Figure Part II", pp. 18 - 21 (PDF)

The Artist's Magazine, May 2012
"Drawing the Figure Part I", pp. 24 - 27 (PDF)

Southwest Art Magazine, Feb 2012
“Refined Beauty”, pp. 54-57 (PDF)

The Artist's Magazine, Jan/Feb 2012
“Constructing Vessels” p. 26-29 (PDF)

American Art Collector, December 2011
“Holiday Finds in New England” pp. 154-155 (PDF)

The Artist's Magazine, Nov 2011
“Close Up” p. 12
“A Twist on the Classics” pp 50-56 (PDF)

International Artist Magazine, June/July 2011
“Self Portrait in Progress Part 2” pp. 38-39 (PDF)

International Artist Magazine, April/May 2011
“Self Portrait in Progress” pp. 38-39 (PDF)

American Art Collector, March 2011, Issue 66
"Show Preview: Susan Powell Fine Art Still Life Invitational" pp. 118-121 (PDF) 

American Art Collector Magazine, March 2010, Issue 53
"Show Preview: M Gallery of Fine Art" pp. 136-137 (PDF) 

American Art Collector, Feb 2010, Issue 52
"Artist's Focus" Page 161 (PDF) 

Lines and Color's Blog, August 2009 (click to view post)

American Artist Magazine, Fall 2007
"BACAA: Classical Training From Contemporary Masters" pp. 47, 59 [PDF]

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