Nalyne Lunati in front of her painting

Nalyne Lunati is a Thai-American artist with an active studio practice (Avant Garde Art Studio) and had an art school in Pleasanton, California. Now she is focusing on portfolio coaching and private lessons. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from San José State University in painting and a Bachelor of Arts from U.C. Berkeley in Political Economy and a minor in Business Administration. She has been studying fine arts since she was 10 years old. She also has taken many art, art history, and art criticism classes at U.C. Berkeley, California College of the Arts in Oakland, and at SJSU. 

She has been accepted into the Art in U.S. Embassy Program in 2009, 2012, and 2016. She is featured in a historic landmark anthology, "Troubling Borders: Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora" by Washington University Press. She is also a member of Women Environmental Artists Directory,

Lunati was introduced to the idea of integrating Thai art with Western art through her classical training at the age of 10.  She entered Mayor's Tom Bradley Asian American Heritage Award Poster contest, where she won 2nd place in 1988 and 1st in 1989. The theme of the contest was to illustrate the influence of Asian Americans in Los Angeles. These milestones were a revelation for the young artist. The experience helped to strengthen her resolve to pursue fine arts. These experiences taught her that art is more than just making pretty pictures to lull the mind, rather it should be meaningful reflection of the life of the artist and the social milieu. 

She has taught art at various art institutions, San José State University, Montalvo Arts, and Palo Alto Art Center. She has also participated in a colloquium at U.C. Riverside in conjunction to exhibiting her work there for the launch of "Troubling Borders An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora”.

She has done educational consulting and art workshops for the Pleasanton and Dublin Unified School Districts. She is married to a native Frenchman and loves to travel. She has traveled extensively around the world. Her second artistic outlets are ballet and modern dance. She has contributed to many philanthropic organizations. 

© Nalyne Lunati 2004-2018