Bio

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Nalyne Lunati is a Thai-American artist with an active studio practice (Avant Garde Art Studio) and an art school in Pleasanton, California. 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 of Industrial Societies (P.E.I.S.) and a minor in Business Administration. She has been studying fine arts since she was 12 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 and 2011. She is featured in an anthology, "Troubling Borders: Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora," by Temple University Press. She is also a member of Women Environmental Artists Directory, weadartists.org and a staff on Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, DVAN.org. 

Lunati was introduced to the idea of integrating Thai art with Western art through her classical training at the age of twelve.  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 mileu. 

She has taught art at various art venues, like San José State University, Montalvo Arts, and Palo Alto Art Center. 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 speaks French, German, and Thai. She has traveled extensively around the world. Her second artistic outlets are modern dance, Brazilian Samba, and  ballet.

© Nalyne Lunati 2004-2014