Anna Patalano lives and works in Bronxville, New York, a small village just outside of NYC. She is a native of the Bronx and has lived in Philadelphia; New Haven, CT; El Paso, TX; and Albuquerque, NM. Adding to the mix of diverse influences, her parents are Italian immigrants.
Anna has traveled abroad and extensively within the U.S., mostly for work and on one occasion becoming an accidental participant in a international, religious pilgrimage. As a result, while prone on a concrete slab, she was immersed in a bath of holy water.
Coming from a long and deep, formal art school training, Anna is a graduate of Yale University School of Art and Tyler School of Art. To her family's conflicted dismay and pride, she was the first female in her family to go to college and subsequently earn a Master's degree from an Ivy League school. They still don't understand how that happened even though she started painting and drawing on her own from the age of 13 with no real training or fancy tutors.. She had to do something with the burgeoning portfolio of work she created as a young person.
Anna's paintings have been shown in numerous galleries nationwide. Her work has also been awarded recognition by curators from major museums in NYC.
An innovative, frank, and devoted teacher and mentor, Anna is grounded in the fundamentals of teaching studio art while allowing her students to develop their own, solid personal visions. They rely on her for her technical knowledge, open mind, honesty and fierce yet gentle approach.