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"I have invested decades in mastering the ideas & techniques of the Renaissance & Baroque classical tradition. This is a tradition that privileges the Ideal, the Beautiful, & the Meaningful."

About David Mayernik


President, Tuscan Renaissance Academy

David Mayernik is an artist, designer, author, and educator. With almost forty years of experience in classical fine art and design, he embodies the Renaissance ideal of thoughtful practice. Uniquely able to weave the arts and architecture into what Gianlorenzo Bernini called the bel composto, or beautiful whole, his integrated practice of art and design is a model for the modern recovery of classical principles.

He has been the campus architect for the TASIS campus in Switzerland for over 23 years, and has also shaped the campus in England.


David Mayernik studied fresco painting with renowned restorer Leonetto Tintori. He has painted frescoes for his own buildings at the TASIS campus in Lugano, and for churches in Ticino and Tuscany. He painted the Palio for his adopted city of Lucca in 2013. 

David Mayernik is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA). Named one of the top forty architects in the United States under forty for the decade 1986-1995, he has won an Arthur Ross Award from Classical America (with Thomas N. Rajkovich), a Palladio Award from Traditional Building magazine, and mentions from INTBAU and the European Prize of Architecture Philippe Rotthier. A winner of the Gabriel Prize for research in France, his research has resulted in two books, numerous articles and book chapters, and an online course about Rome on the edX platform. With Federico Del Carlo he has founded the Tuscan Renaissance Academy in Lucca to promote and teach the principles of Renaissance art and culture.

It is a tremendous gift, and one not granted to any of the ancients, for a man to be, I will not say outstanding, but even moderately learned in everything. Yet I think every effort should be made to see that we do not lack through our own negligence those things which bring high praise if they are achieved, and blame if they are neglected.

—Leon Battista Alberti, On Painting, trans. Cecil Grayson, Penguin Books, p.9

Art and Design in the Classical Humanist Tradition

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