Shana Levenson Bio

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Who I was as a child has shaped who I am as an artist today. Every painting and every idea encompasses nostalgia. All of my inspiration comes from those real world experiences and personal stories. Non-traditional portraits painted in a traditional way are my greatest passion. I paint people in my life that I am trying to make a connection with, telling a story that’s personal and individual to each piece. Each painting seeks to go beyond realism and capture the essence of the subject. With each painting, my goal is to create as much honesty about that individual, allowing to capture the spirit of the person I am painting.

2016 MFA Painting, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2005 BS Fashion Merchandising, University of Texas, Austin, TX

June 2017 Cover and featured article, Artists Magazine

December 2015 Featured Artist to Watch, Southwest Art Magazine

June 2015 Featured Artist on

May 2015 Staff pick on Daily Art Show

April 2015 Artist to Watch, Rosemary Brushes Catalogue


2018 Works on Paper, Dacia Gallery, NYC, NY

2017 “Something more than realism .. XI”, Galería artelibre , Barcelona, Spain

2017 Distinction Gallery, CA

2017 Best of America, NOAPS, Castle Gallerieas, Fort Wayne, Indiana

2017 Women As Warriors, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

2017 Sight Unseen, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

2016 Miniature Group Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

2016 Maxwell Alexander Online Show

2016, Holiday Exhibition, Dacia Gallery, NYC, NY

2016 Miniatures and More, Albuquerque Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM

2016 Contemporary Configuration Exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

2016 Women Painting Women, RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

2016 Freak Out, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

2016 Nexus, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

2016 ModPortrait Exhibition, MEAM Museum, Barcelona, Spain

2016 Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA

2015 AAPL 87th Grand National Exhibit, Salmagundi Club, NYC

2015 Women Painting Women, RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

2015 Tell Them Stories: Origins, Mark Miller Gallery, NYC

2015 Portrait Society of Atlanta, Maretta Cobb Art Museum, Atlanta, GA

2015 Unconfined Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM

2015 Academy of Art Spring Show, San Francisco, CA

2013 Academy of Art Spring Show, San Francisco, CA


2017 Best Oil Painting, NOAPS Best of America Exhibition

2017 Chairman’s Choice Award, ARC Salon Show

2016 3rd Place, American Women Artist Online Juried Show

2015 Honorable Mention, ModPortrait Competition, MEAM, Barcelona, Spain

2015 Best of Show, Bold Brush competition,

2015 Second Place, TRAC Online competition

2015 Gold Award, The American Artists Professional League

2015 Finalist in RayMar Online Competition

2014 First Place, Beaumont Art League, Beaumont, TX

2014 First Place, Naples Art Association, 50th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition, Naples, FL

2014 Gold Ribbon, FAME exhibition online

2014 First Place, Shades of Red Show, Vista, CA

2014 Second Place, Louisville Art Association, Louisville, CA

2014 First Place Award, EAFA Gallery, Seattle, WA

2014 Exhibition, NOPAS online international competition