The Texas Academy of Figurative Art was founded in 2007 by Ron A. Cheek With a handful of students who wanted to study realist drawing and painting techniques.

We offer an atelier experience and a classical approach to fine art education. 
The TAFA curriculum integrates Old Master working methods alongside a contemporary realist approach. Our primary emphasis is on rendering the human figure accurately from direct observation. We embrace traditional views of beauty, and strive for excellence in theory and craftsmanship as it applies to realist drawing and painting principles and technique. 

Our goal is to educate and develop artists in the figurative tradition,
giving artists the skills needed to express their personal artistic vision.