Co-Founder, Director, Instructor
Hans is born in the US. He earned a degree in Literature and Philosophy from Augustana College in the United States before focusing his attention on art. He studied drawing and painting at The Florence Academy of Art, Italy from 1995-1998 where he also received a scholarship to teach while still a student. In 1999 he briefly studied with the painter Odd Nerdrum in Norway. In 2001 he founded Pantura Studios in the United States together with Sanna Tomac, where they worked and taught a growing group of students coming from across the country and abroad. In early 2006 they moved to Sweden and founded The Swedish Academy of Realist Art (SARA). Hans has been a main teacher and lecturer at SARA since it’s foundation and has a deep passion for teaching and sharing knowledge. Hans’ paintings, drawings and etchings can be found in public and private collections throughout the world.
Co-Founder, Artistic Director, Instructor
Sanna is born in Sweden. She studied drawing and painting at The Florence Academy of Art between 1996-1998. Afterward, she studied briefly with the painter Odd Nerdrum in Norway together with Hans-Peter Szameit, being the first students from the FAA to connect with Nerdrum and the Norwegian school. In 2001, Sanna and Hans founded Pantura Studios in the United States, and taught growing group of students on the same time as establishing her career and starting to take commissions. In early 2006 Sanna and Hans moved to Sweden and founded The Swedish Academy of Realist Art (SARA, then called Atelier Stockholm). Since then Sanna has devoted her time to teaching and developing SARA’s education as well as her own artistic work. One of her most prominent paintings is a monumental ceiling painting commission for the Bååtska Palace in Stockholm. She has also done a number of portrait commissions, of which one of Prins Bertil hangs at the Royal Swedish Palace. Sanna’s paintings and drawings can be found in public and private collections throughout the world.
James Russell Cowper
James is born in Scotland. He began painting as a young man, having been interested in art since childhood. He trained at The Swedish Academy of Realist Art (SARA) in Stockholm, Sweden, where he served as a student teacher in his final year. After his studies, James returned to his native Scotland to launch his career and also to travell Europe to see some of the world’s greatest art. In 2014 he returned to Stockholm to teach as a member of the SARA faculty. His work spans many genre and media, but he is particularly drawn to still life, figurative, and landscape painting in oil. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited internationally and can be found in public as well as private collections around the world.
Miles is born in the United Kingdom but as a young boy he lived in Borneo. He has always been drawing but begun to seriously self-teach through art forums as a young teen. He studied at The Swedish Academy of Realist Art (SARA) from 2011 to 2014. Afterwards he free-lanced as an illustrator for publishers such as Wizards of the Coast and Applibot. He has exhibited pencil works internationally and got experience in games’ studio. In 2015 he moved to Simrishamn and started teaching at SARA. He has a strong online presence where he shares his work, both digital and with his pencil drawings.
Pernilla is born and raised in Sweden, but spent 11 years in the US where she obtained her Art education at California State University of Northridge with a major in animation. She spent a few years in the animation industry while starting to show her personal artwork at shows in and around LA. Parallell with her work in the studio, Pernilla is an Associate professor of Art at Uppsala University - Campus Gotland, Sweden, where she is renowned for her dynamic approach to drawing and painting.
Torgeir was born in Norway. He has been drawing and painting for most of his adult life and studied at the Swedish academy of Realist Art from 2014 to 2017. He served as a student teacher in his final year of school. Now he works as an illustrator and as an assistant teacher to the school