Dennis W. Cheaney is a contemporary classical artist and teacher who is inspired by natural forms, Greek Classical sculpture and the European Baroque. Dennis received his BA in Mathematics from the University of Southern California (1995) and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art (1998), where he was an Andy Warhol Foundation Scholar studying under the renowned artist Edward Schmidt.

Dennis has continued his studies at the Ecole Albert Defois (1999, 2001, 2004) in the Loire Valley, France with the eminent artist and portraitist Ted Seth Jacobs, at the Water Street Atelier (1998-2001) in New York with Jacob Collins and Michael Grimaldi and at the Art Students' League with Deane Keller (1999) and Peter Cox (2003).  Additionally, Dennis was an assistant to several NYC muralists as well as to Jeff Koons (2003).

Dennis has exhibited in New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Texas, France and Canada.  He received the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (2001) for figure painting. 

From 2003-2009 he was director of his own art school , New England Realist Art Center, in Fort Point, Boston. He has given intensive still life painting and figure drawing and painting workshops at the Copley Society of Boston (coso), Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier (BACAA), Long Island Academy of Fine Arts (LIAFA), and the New York Academy of Art (NYAA).

Currently, he teaches a popular art class on Drawing into Painting at the New York Academy of Art. 

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