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Project Mexico Fresco


We have started the Project Mexico Fresco at the “Project Mexico and St. Innocent Orphanage”.

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The size:

Interior Wall Surface ~ 2670 sq. ft
Exterior Wall Surface ~ 1660 sq.ft.
Altar Area Ceiling ~ 750 sq. ft. 

It is estimated – that over 1500 gallons of lime will be used.

Entire wall surface Interior and Exterior and Altar Ceiling area will be frescoed. Currently designing Outside Altar Wall (about 42 X 15 feet).

What is planned:

Onsite Fresco Workshops – all elements of creation from wall prep to painting and 
Egg tempera Icon painting workshops.

– Wall Building
– Plaster
– Concept Developing
– Cartoon 
– Variant Studies
– Orthodox Iconography
– Fresco Painting
– Egg Tempera

Ongoing apprentice opportunities and participation in all stages of works.

Online tutoring and Access to work documents and inside records progress reports and visual documentation (subscription based)

Project is open to Fresco School Members ONLY

Current Fresco Workshop and Apprenticeship Opportunities.

#frescoschool #frescotechnique #frescopainting #buonfresco #fresco #iconography #byzantine #projectmexicofresco

Project Mexico Fresco - Sinopia for St Innocent & St. Jacob Nesvetov Fresco Project Mexico Fresco - Sinopia for St. Herman & St. Peter The Aleut Fresco
Sinopia for St Innocent & St. Jacob Nesvetov Fresco and St Herman & St. Peter The Aleut Fresco (the first two walls).



Fresco School featured on #GETTYinspired

ilia fresco on #gettyinspiredFresco, The Eternal Medium

by Allison Ramirez
on #GettyInspired

“…iLia Anossov has been mesmerized with art ever since he was a young child. To iLia, pursuing a career in art was the only thing that made sense. Looking for something everlasting, iLia focused on becoming a fresco master, because, as he told me, “What could be more eternal than fresco?”

He started the Fresco School in Los Angeles, and later was invited to teach fresco workshops at the Getty. Three years later, these workshops are still going strong and iLia continues to be #GettyInspired…”

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Where does the ‘new’ come from in America?

by Richard Oleksiak

Where does the ‘new’ come from in America? Who makes the new music, the new art, the new writing? It comes from within, from the ghettos of Harlem and Watts to the suburbs of Rye and Sherman Oaks. And it comes from without, from Cairo, from Tokyo, from Vienna and Moscow. Particularly Moscow. Look at Ilia Anossov’s work and you will see where the ‘new’ comes from and what it’s all about. It’s about frescos, one of man’s oldest art forms that Ilia has made new again. It’s about walls that sing with color and dance with form. It’s about the free, unbridled expression of feeling and emotion all over personal environments. It’s about living and loving with art. It’s about renewal – of the soul., of the body, of America. That’s where the ‘new’ comes from.

It was about a year after the Berlin Wall came down that I traveled to Moscow on a vacation. On a typically gray Russian winter day – slush, smog and bone chilling cold – walking the noisy streets not far from the Kremlin wall, my wife and I were drawn to a small gallery that displayed an interesting collection of Russian handicrafts and drawings.

iLia Fresco (Anossov) former Moscow studio 1988-1992,

iLia Fresco (Anossov) former, 1988-1992, studio in Moscow.

When we entered the gallery one painting hit our eyes. It was imposing, maybe four by six feet, but even more than its size the painting distinguished itself from everything else in the store by its vibrant color and active brush strokes. No matter haw many times we toured the little shop, my eyes were constantly drawn to that piece, and finally, I asked how much the owner was asking. A considerable amount of haggling ensued, ultimately ending in the owner insisting that I deal with the artist personally.

Little did I know that the cigar smoking slightly tipsy young painter I met twenty four hours later was destined to become my most frequent pen pal, and to this day, a constant source of amazement and wonder to me. Ilia Anossov sold me “Tree of a Thousand Bottles” but only on the condition that I permit him to introduce my wife and I to the lively scene of young painters working in the new freedom of Moscow. We took the painting and the once in a life time opportunity.

Since then, I’ve closely followed Ilia’s peripatetic life, purchased two more of his painting and remain constantly amazed at his openness, positive attitude and his extraordinary dedication to his work. This is a man who loves life and who says it over and over again with equal aplomb in a variety of media.

Mothers Apples, iLia Anossov (fresco) - oil on canvas 1988

Mother’s Apples, iLia Anossov (fresco) – oil on canvas 1988

To know Ilia you need only take a close look at his work. Bold and bright, behind every straightforward expression of imagery there lies the sly smile of a complex thinker who always manages to remain fresh and new; upbeat and optimistic. This is an artist constantly searching for life’s meaning and the best way to express it. Not surprisingly, succeeds over and over again.
To Ilia – artist, thinker and lover of life… May your work always grow as you have, inwardly and outwardly simultaneously; and my you always paint the sky with all the rich, exotic colors of your Russian home.

All the best,
Richard Oleksiak

MCLA Restores – Galileo, Jupiter, Apollo. Olympic Freeway Mural by John Wehrle!

Jupiter Galileo and Apollo, mural by John Wehrle

Jupiter Galileo and Apollo, Olympic Freeway Mural by John Wehrle

I want to ask your help with a Mural Conservancy cause that appears currently on Kickstarter. This is a campaign to complete the Olympic Freeway Mural restorations that we have been working on for the better part of three years! There is a wonderful 3 minute video that explains it all, and I would like you to, please, watch it and then chip in $5 to help us get to the finish line. Please visit: and donate today! Continue reading

Exterior Buon Fresco at Telfair Elementary

As part of the Space Fresco Project, I will be painting an exterior Buon Fresco in a team with Juri Koll, Levi Ponce and Ian Hardwick (plaster) at Telfair Elementary School in Pacoima.

Space Fresco - Telfair Elementary Buon Fresco Team at the Fresco School Studio - Levi Ponce, Juri Koll, Rosa Lopez, iLia Fresco (Anossov)

Space Fresco – Telfair Elementary Buon Fresco Team at the Fresco School Studio – Levi Ponce, Juri Koll, Rosa Lopez, iLia Fresco (Anossov). Photo by Kent Twitchell

 The actual wall is right behind me on the picture below:

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Getting Ready for fresco workshop at the Getty

Fresco School Studio after major projects

Fresco School Studio after major projects

This spring and beginning of the summer have been packed with work.
I have completed the Buon Fresco Foundations DVD tutorial set – a complete stand-along tutorial on the medium of fresco painting and a prerequisite for our classes at the Fresco School.

Also my studio partner Kent Twitchell has finished two major projects: Continue reading