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TCC to host painter Fernando Leon Hartman in his first U.S. exhibition

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (January 3, 2013) – This month, Tallahassee Community College will host artist Fernando Leon Hartman in the first U.S. exhibition of his paintings. Hartman will unveil an oil painting that he has created especially for his visit to Tallahassee and TCC, along with additional paintings. The exhibition will be on Friday, January 31, 2014, from 6 – 9 p.m. in the Fine and Performing Arts Center on TCC’s main campus, 444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL. 

Born in Havana, Cuba, Hartman’s first career was in electrical engineering but, after working in this field for five years, he decided to follow his dream and study art at the prestigious Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes - San Alejandro, Havana. Hartman graduated in 2012 and then began selling his oil paintings to international clients visiting Cuba. Now in his mid-twenties and a renowned and promising young artist, Hartman has received an Artist’s Exchange Visa to travel and show his work in the United States. 

The fine quality of Hartman’s artwork makes him an exceptional painter, as the treatment of light, shadow, and reflections in glass in his still life paintings have been comparable to the finest European masters of the 18th century.  

Hartman will be prepared to speak with students and guests about why he became a painter, his inspiration and growing up in Cuba. All of his paintings will also be on sale at the exhibition. 

For more information, contact TCC International Student Services at (850) 201-8457or e-mail                                 


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