A Message from the Director
At the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, we strive to better ourselves in the art of seeing--first seeing the world around us and then the world within us. Then we must express these things in visual terms, by transferring them to paper or canvas. And that is where the technical aspects become important.
We believe the firmest roots of creativity come from the intense study of nature. The joy of discovering a simple truth of the human figure, a line that expresses a stance, a gesture, a movement, is just as great an accomplishment as painting the Sistine ceiling.
To paint, draw and sculpt is to search for truth and, as truth is beauty, it uplifts, inspires and heals. To raise attention above the commonplace and to find others like themselves in a place that tolerates and even encourages the attempt has been extremely healing to many - even sometimes desperate - individuals. It has transformed them, bringing them out of themselves to find new light and a new joy of life.
This is a place where we have fun. We enjoy learning together and discovering each other's eccentricities. Above all, we are here to develop our individual potential. We are in competition only with ourselves, never with each other.
Auseklis Ozols is the Founder and Director of the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine arts, and Temple University. His work is represented in public and private collections internationally. In New Orleans, he has received the Delgado Award from the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Strength in Age Award, and the Community Arts Award from the Arts Council of New Orleans. He is a highly sought after portraitist, still life and landscape painter, with portraits and murals throughout the south including the Louisiana Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge. He is also the author of 3 Rex Proclomations, and has paintings in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the New Jersey State Museum, and the Latvian Museum of Art in Riga, Latvia where he was born. Ozols is inspired by the beauty that surrounds him, and continues to paint the colorful flora and majestic live oaks of Louisiana with unmatched technique, flair and enthusiasm.
Tyler School of Art at Temple University; MFA, 1967
University of Pennsylvania; BFA, 1965
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; 4-year Certificate, 1965