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Sadie J. Valeri is an internationally recognized still life oil painter and art instructor. Trained first at the Rhode Island School of Design and later in Classical techniques with living masters of realism, she is devoted to the expression of the visual experience through time-honored techniques. Her meticulously crafted paintings depicting transparent, crumpled wax paper and tarnished and worn objects evoke the spirit of the Dutch Golden Age of still life painting, as seen through a contemporary aesthetic. In 2009 Sadie opened her studio to private students of painting and drawing. Sadie and her husband incorporated the art school in 2011, and together they run Sadie Valeri Atelier, which hosts art classes for 120 students per week at her 3,500 square foot studio in San Francisco.

Sadie’s evocative paintings have have attracted the highest honors, including the award of First Prize for Still Life in the 2010 ARC International Salon. Her work has also been featured in the most prestigious art publications, including: American Art Collector, American Artist, International Artist, American Painting Video MagazineArtist’s Magazine, and Southwest Art. Sadie has been invited to judge several major art competitions, including The Representation Art Conference (TRAC) Competition 2015, The Artist’s Magazine Still Life Competition 2012, and the Ani Academies Drawing Competition 2014. Sadie is also proud to be a Hudson River Fellow.


Raised in Salem, Massachusetts, (b. 1971) Sadie J. Valeri graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration in 1993. For many years she enjoyed a successful career as a graphic designer and website/interface designer.

In 2006 Sadie returned to pursuing fine art exclusively, and very quickly attracted notice for her highly refined layered oil technique.

In pursuit of constantly improving her skills, Sadie has studied with several contemporary masters of realism, including Juliette Aristides, Michael Grimaldi, and Ted Seth Jacobs at Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier; Jacob Collins at the Hudson River Fellowship; and Timothy Stotz and Michelle Tully of Studio Escalier. Sadie also studied Écorché/Anatomy with Andrew Ameral. She studied traditional Flemish layered painting technique with Kirstine Reiner.

Travel has been fundamental to Sadie’s development as an artist ever since she lived in Paris for six months as an art student attending Parsons Paris in 1992. Since then she has traveled to Greece and Italy, in addition to many trips back to France. 

Since October 2006 Sadie has recorded every aspect of her artistic development on her blog. Here she invites you into the studio to share her ongoing study of painting and drawing.

In addition to her own blog, Sadie also co-founded, a website showcasing the work of living women figurative painters.

Sadie has taught graduate students at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and she now directs a private Classical Atelier in her San Francisco studio, offering drawing and painting workshops and classes. She lives in San Francisco’s Cole Valley neighborhood, with her husband, Nowell Valeri.

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