Franco Accornero began painting in his native Italy as a child. Although Franco’s
passion in life has always been painting, his formal area of education was in electrical
engineering, following in his father’s footsteps.
When he moved to New York in 1972, he immediately enrolled in the revered Art Students
League in Manhattan, the preferred learning center of many of the great artists of the
twentieth century, including Jackson Pollack.
Franco's prime area of study at the center was portraiture, his medium was and is
predominantly oil. Among his teachers: Howard Sanden and Daniel E. Greene
Accepting an invitation from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, he taught a
course in portraiture for five years.
For the last 35 years, Franco has worked for all the major publishing companies in the US,
Canada and Europe, illustrating cover art for bestselling authors. Simultaneously his
Fine Art and portraiture has been sold in galleries in New York City, Rome-Italy, Atlanta
and Laguna Beach, California
He currently lives in Connecticut with his wife Deirdre and son Alessandro.