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42 C/ d'Ausiàs Marc, Barcelona, Spain

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The Barcelona Academy of Art (BAA) is the first Spanish school which aims at teaching drawing, painting, sculpture and digital art using a complete curriculum and teaching methods stemming from the classic- realistic tradition. Its methodology originated in the Renaissance and was brought back to life by the main realistic academic ateliers of the late 19th century (in particular, by great painters such as Jean-Léon Gérôme, Léon Bonnat and Carolus-Durán).

The philosophy behind our curriculum and our teaching methods requires the return to discipline in art and excellent know-how through tested and efficient techniques that are based on working from life. That is, a return to the direct study of nature and to the old masters as the bedrock of any artistic knowledge, while remaining within the parameters of figuration and realism as a way of representing art.

Through practical and comprehensive materials and methods stemming from the nearly forgotten academicism, students will strengthen their knowledge as future artists so as to continue creating contemporary art in our time. At the Barcelona Academy of Art we consider the classic academic approach not as an end but as a tool that students can use to build their own personality and artistic language.

The specificity of the curriculum of the Barcelona Academy of Art attracts students from around the world. As an international school, English is the primary language of instruction.


The training program at the Barcelona Academy of Art offers regular courses in drawing, painting, sculpture and digital art, which are complemented by workshops, seminars and special courses (Easter and Summer). These provide students with an intensive learning of methods, procedures and techniques from the best professional artists.

Intensive Programs

Weekend Courses & Workshops

Easter & Summer Courses


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Founded 2013
Course languages (Check multiple if applicable) English,Spanish
Full-Time Instructors 30
Students 200
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Full time: EUR 7990 / year

Barcelona Academy of Art

Carrer d’Ausiàs March, 42 -46

Barcelona, 08010, Spain

Christian Duran

Co-Director Drawing Program

Christian Duran is currently the Director of the Drawing program at the Barcelona Academy of Art.

Iago Remacha

Co-Director Drawing Program

Iago Remacha has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona. In 2014 he decided to enter the Barcelona Academy of Art to begin his studies in drawing and painting. His curiosity about the digital sector led him to work on subjects of this speciality, achieving a very high level of expertise in this area, applying his knowledge of traditional techniques to digital software in 2D and 3D.

In 2015, Iago wins the second prize in drawing at the Canson Art School Awards, and the third prize in the 15th edition of the ARC Scholarship Awards.

Currently, he is a teacher in the Digital Art & Design program at the Barcelona Academy of Art.

Daryana Stekolschikova

Coordinator Drawing Program

Daryana Stekolschikova was born in Russia. She graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans (USA) with a degree in Finance and Art in 2011. She decided to pursue her passion for art in the Art Student League of New York and, in 2014, joined the Barcelona Academy of Art to pursue programmes in drawing, painting, and sculpture.

 She has exhibited her works at the BAA, MEAM, Plataforma Gallery (Barcelona), and in the United States.

Currently, she is the Coordinator of the Drawing Programme at the Barcelona Academy of Art.

Arthur Gain

Drawing & Painting Teacher

Arthur Gain is a figurative artist from Russia, currently living in Spain, near Barcelona. Although largely self-taught, he has participated in workshops and taken private classes with renowned painters and teachers such as Steve Huston, Nick Alm and Felicia Forte, among others.

His path to becoming an artist was not a straightforward one. A passionate illustrator since his childhood, in his youth he specialised as a commercial illustrator and graphic designer, and at the age of twenty he became a creative director in an international advertising company.

He moved from Moscow to Asia and began a journey of self-discovery through the practice of authentic traditional yoga and Buddhist meditation, which eventually led him to realise that representative art is his true vocation.

Today he continues to develop his artistic career and shares his knowledge and approach with his students at the Barcelona Academy of Art, as well as giving workshops and private lessons and making instructional videos online.

In the fast-paced modern world, it is human spirit and nature that reunites us with the core of our existence. Constantly evolving and at the same time archaic, being both mundane and divine, human consciousness is the greatest mystery and an infinite source of inspiration. For this reason, Arthur’s main interest is to portray each individual’s unique character in his art.

Adrià Llarch

Drawing & Painting Teacher

Adrià Llarch Juanet has a degree in Fine Art from the University of Barcelona (2006).

In 2014 he began his studies at the Barcelona Academy of Art, where he currently works as a teacher in the Drawing | Painting course. In 2015-16 he was the main teacher for the course “L’Ofici de Pintor”, organized by the MEAM [European Museum of Modern Art].

Konstantinos Protopapas

Drawing & Painting Teacher

Born in 1987 in Korinthos, Greece, Konstantinos Protopapas graduated from the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. In 2015, he decided to focus on his artistic career and began his studies at the Barcelona Academy of Art.

 He has exhibited his works both in Barcelona and Greece. He is currently a teacher for the Drawing and Painting Programme of the BAA.

Mario Castillo

Sculpture Teacher

Born in Malaga, Andalusia, Mario Castillo studied Fine Art in Granada and later finished his studies at the Barcelona Academy of Art, where he specialised in figurative sculpture.

 Currently, he lives and works in Barcelona and produces his work along with four other artists in Studio Verdi, an activity that complements his work as a teacher in the Sculpture Programme of the BAA.

Jordi Diaz Alamà

Founder | Director Advanced Painting Program

Born in Granollers in 1986, Jordi Diaz Alamà studied Fine Arts at the Universidad de Barcelona, where he has also worked as a teacher in the Drawing Department. He had the chance to work with painter Guillermo Muñoz Vera in Madrid thanks to a scholarship from Fundación Arauco and with the Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum. He studied drawing at The Florence Academy of Art (Florence, Italy), where he also graduated in Painting, being this training the backbone of his education.

He was the winner of the Figurativas ’11 Contest organized by Fundación para las Artes y los Artistas in collaboration with MEAM, with the aim of supporting and promoting Figurative Arts and its artists. In 2014 Díaz Alamà won the LI Premi Internacional de Dibuix Ynglada-Guillot of the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi (Barcelona) and the Medal of Honor in the 29th BMW Painting contest.

In November 2016, he completes his most ambitious work to date, the painting “La Cruz del Jubileo”, a comission by the Diocesis of Vic (Spain) for the Church of Dolors. In 2017, the Fundació Vila Casas exhibits his new series “#ClásicosDesollados”. He is currently represented by Miquel Alzueta Gallery.

Gerard Castellví

Director Intermediate Program

Gerard Castellví was born in 1986 in Montblanc, Tarragona. In 2008, he studied Graphic Design at EADT Escola d’Art de Tarragona. Later on, he graduated in Fine Arts at Universidad de Barcelona in 2012 and is admitted at the Florence Academy of Art. While studying there, he also participates in artists' workshops such as Antonio Lopez, Golucho, Sangram Majumdar, Max Ginsburg or Stuart Shils. His paintings are exhibited in the MEAM collection (Barcelona) after being a finalist in the Prize Figurativas’15 y Figurativas’17. He has exhibited at the Gallery Represent (London), Wiespach Shloss Gallery (Salzburg, Austria), The Makers (Madrid), La Plataforma and el Claustre (Barcelona).

Currently. he is the Director of the Painting program at the Barcelona Academy of Art.

Silvia Juez Linares

Director Sculpture Program

Silvia Juez Linares was born in Barcelona and has always had a big interest in art and specially painting. She graduated from the Fine Arts faculty in Barcelona where she discovered sculpture. She was admitted to the Florence Academy of Art where she discovered the power of the human figure as a means of expression. She received a studio assistant scholarship at the Florence Academy and won an ARC scolarship. She also participated as a teacher in the Italian Chinese Art & Culture Exchange Association. 

During the past few years, she has been a finalist in the prize Figurativas'15 (MEAM), in the 13th International ARC Salón Competition and the 53th Reina Sofia Painting and Sculpture prize. She has also won an Honorable Mention in the 12th International ARC Salon Competition. Her work can be found in various public and private collections in Spain and Italy. 

She is currently the director of the Sculpture program at the Barcelona Academy of Art. 

Long Pose Drawing by Adrià Llarch

Long Pose - Margarita by Jordi Diaz Alama

Cast Drawing by Iago Remacha

Sculpture for Digital Art & Design Program by Dorian Iten

Cast Drawing by Gerard Castellví

Long Pose by Ayuesh Agarwal

Long Pose Sculpture by Dasha Stekolshchikova

Cast Drawing by Samuel Alvarez

Digital Long Pose by Marc Yperlaan

Cast Drawing by Nurzada Nussipzhanova

Cast Drawing

Part Time Cast Program

Digital Art & Design Program

Drawing Program

Sculpture Program

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