Patrick Devonas was born in Lucerne, Switzerland in 1965. At age 16, he was accepted to the Kunst-gewerbeschule Luzern (local art academy). In 1986, Patrick moved to the United States to study art and in 1990 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from BYU. He then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to continue his studies at Atelier Le Sueur with Steven Levin, Annette Le Sueur, and Richard Lack. After graduating from the Atelier in 1994, Patrick, who had a keen interest in art education, taught drawing and painting at the Minnesota River School of Fine Art.
Receiving a scholarship to the New York Academy of Art, he moved to NYC where the instruction of Randy Melick and Vincent Desiderio influenced his working methods. Patrick received his Master of Fine Arts degree, Cum Laude, from the New York Academy of Art in 1997 and began teaching painting classes at the Academy and later privately out of his studio. In 2005, Patrick and Bill Whitaker founded the Carl Bloch Academy.
Returning to Switzerland in 2012, Patrick is teaching workshops and has founded Atelier Narasca with Swiss painter and teacher Dorian Iten where he offers private instruction.
Patrick Devonas' works are sought by collectors in both Europe and the United States. He has been commissioned to execute paintings for numerous private individuals and is primarily producing artwork in the realism imaginative manner that reflects on the human condition.
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