Dony Mac Manus
Founder of the Sacred Art School, Florence, Italy
Dony Mac Manus has been a part of the Rome Experience since 2009. He is an accomplished international artist with more than twenty years of experience producing and teaching visual arts. And, he is the guide and instructor of the Rome Experience’s course, “Pilgrimages and Tours of the Churches, Art and Architecture of Ancient Rome”.
Born in Dublin in 1971, Dony Mac Manus graduated with a Bachelor of Design (1995) and Higher Diploma in Art and Design Teaching (1998) from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland. In 2001, he received a Masters in Fine Art from the New York Academy of Art.
Upon completing his Masters in New York, Dony moved to Italy where he set up his studio first in Rome for a year and a half and then Florence for the next year and a half. He returned to Dublin in 2004 to establish the Irish Academy of Figurative Art.
In 2007 Dony entrusted the Academy to his faculty and students in Dublin and he returned to Florence to establish the Dony Mac Manus Studios-Sacred Art School where he continues working on large international commissions while training his apprentices and students from around the world.