Barbara Zanelli graduated with a B.F.A. in Illustration from Syracuse University in 1999, and immediately moved to NYC. She met success in shows at Figureworks Gallery and Get Real Art, but felt drawn to study classical painting in Florence, Italy. She lived there for one year studying drawing under Mario Pachioli. Then in 2004, she moved to Philadelphia on a full scholarship to study with Nelson Shanks at Studio Incamminati. It was here that she developed her portrait, anatomy and color theory skills. She left the atelier in 2006 to work on a series of large thematic figure paintings and began to explore landscape painting. After traveling and painting extensively, Barbara returned to Incamminati to finish the Professional Program in 2015 and served as a teaching fellow at the school for two years. She currently teaches painting and drawing at Fleisher Art Memorial, Studio Incamminati, Wayne Art Center, Abington Art Center, Journey’s Way and Repenning Fine Arts in Audubon, NJ.

Selected Shows/Accolades:

2022 – 2020 -Academy of Notre Dame Fine Art Show

2020 – 2016 Equine Artist’s Association, NJ

2020 – 2017 Devon Horse Fine Art Show

2019  Second place award at Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival

2019 – 2013  Rittenhouse Fine Art Show

2017-18 Served on the Board of the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

2018  Three Decades of Artmaking, Wellpoint Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, Philadelphia

2017  Nelson Shanks and his Influence, Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia

2017  Studio Incamminati Faculty and Fellows show, Plastic Surgery wing at UPenn Perelman Medical Center, Philadelphia

2017  Gazes Beyond: Group Exhibit in oncology ward at Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia

2017  Studio Incamminati Faculty and Fellows show, Avery Gallery, Philadelphia

2016 Small works show, Frameworks Gallery, Philadelphia

2016  SI Faculty, Fellows, Alumni, Student Show, Freemans Auction House, Philadelphia

2015  Small works show, Philadelphia Sketch Club

2015  Friends and Neighbors show, AIRspace Gallery, Philadelphia

2015  Inaugural Student Excellence Award at Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show, Philadelphia

2015  SI Group show, Comcast Center, Philadelphia

2014  Group Show, Painted Bride, Philadelphia

2014  2nd place in NJ Equine Artist’s Association, NJ

2013  Self portrait show, Figureworks Gallery, NYC

2013  Winner of NYRA Equestrian Art Competition, Long Island

2012  Nudes, Gallery Golmok, South Korea

2012  Meritorious on 3 paintings in the Richeson 75 collection 2012

2012  Faces, Gallery 13w, Philadelphia

2008  Subway Series III, Figureworks Gallery, NYC

2007  Bacchus, Tasting Room Gallery, Long Island

2004  Subway Series II solo show, Figureworks Gallery, NYC

2000-02  Salon style art, Get Real Art, NYC

2000  Subway Series I, Figureworks Gallery, NYC

1999  Horses, Coffee Shop, Syracuse, NY