By age four, Sebastian Andreas Alterera knew he wanted to be an artist. Born in 1964 in New York City, Alterera spent his early years painting, drawing, and learning to play classical guitar. After his father’s unexpected death when Alterera was 15, he moved with his mother to San Francisco. Alterera earned his the BFA at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, where his talent earned him the Best of Ringling Award two years in a row. After receiving his MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design, he moved to Naples, Italy, for further study. The culture and heritage of that region inspired Alterera’s work. Taught by the modern master Vaugel, Alterera refined his style and techniques, and realized his particular gift for rendering realistic figures. After seven years, Alterera returned to the United States, and settled in Atlanta. Alterera’s work has evolved dramatically over the years, from realistic figures to dynamic, figurative abstracts that reflect the natural colors and lines propelling so much of his motivation and vision.