Barbara Zanelli graduated with a B.F.A. from Syracuse University in 1999, and immediately moved to NYC.  She met with success in shows at Figureworks Gallery and Get Real Art, but she soon 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. She left the atelier in 2006 to work on a series of large paintings, care for her mother who had cancer, and travel abroad, returning again in 2012 to complete her studies. She is currently a fellow at the school, paints at her studio there and teaches adults from Project Home charcoal still life drawing.

Continuously challenging herself to find new expressions through painting and drawing and the combination of the two, Barbara has been working on many different types of approaches from gestural, alla prima to slowly developed realist painting. She currently paints en plein air, figure paintings, portraits and traced monotypes, a drawing technique used by many painters of the past including Gauguin and Degas.
Being an artist, for Barbara, means not being afraid to create the ground she is about to step on, taking risks and following instinct.


Selected Shows/Accolades: 

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

2017  Group Show, Devon Horse Show, Philadelphia

2016 Small works show, Frameworks Gallery, Philadelphia

2016  Group Show, NJ Equine Artist’s Association, NJ

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  Best Student Artist 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