A curator, gallery owner/director, educator and arts advocate, Audrey Frank Anastasi is, above all else, a tireless and dedicated working artist. She has an extensive history of exhibiting her artwork in the United States and abroad. Anastasi has been painting the human face and form her entire career. In her own work and in teaching, it is important for her to impart an awareness of how current social forces influence the way we see and interpret the human subject in art. Renowned feminist art critic Cindy Nemser calls her “a terrific draftswoman and colorist who paints riveting portraits.”
Audrey was born in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to Florida at the age of twelve. After graduating Magna cum Laude from the University of Miami, Anastasi moved to Brooklyn, New York, to attend Pratt Institute, where she earned her Master's Degree in Fine Arts. From 1985 until 1994, she taught figure drawing, portfolio development, and anatomy for artists at Parsons School of Design.
Audrey Anastasi has been featured in Smart Money Magazine, the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC Public Radio, New York Times, New York Daily News, amNY, Pratt Folio, Jewish Week, the arts & entertainment supplements of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (InBrooklyn) and the Brooklyn Courier (24/7), Artworld Digest, Zeek (an online magazine of Jewish culture), Brooklyn Fine Arts (BFA) magazine, On the Issues (online magazine) and Brooklyn Independent Television's Neighborhood Beat.
Ms. Anastasi has been a member of the Brooklyn Arts Council’s Board of Directors since 2001. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Dance Theatre Etcetera (DTE) and was President of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC), the largest artist-run, visual arts nonprofit organization in Brooklyn from 1999 to 2004. Audrey and her husband, artist Joseph Anastasi were honored by the Brooklyn Arts Council in November 2008 for their pioneering work bringing Tabla Rasa Gallery to Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and for their dedication to supporting fellow artists.