Anita Lombardi (born 1946)
The rabbits, donkeys, cows, birds, flowers, and other natural motifs that abound in the work of Anita Lombardi harken back to her early life in rural Italy. Lombardi was born near Rome and moved to the U.S. when she was ten years old. She possesses an intuitive sense of color and design and works meticulously, spending long hours on each piece. In 1975 Lombardi began attending Gateway Arts in Brookline, Massachusetts, a vocational art service for talented adults with disabilities. Lombardi's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her paintings have been included in the Baltimore Folk and Visionary Art Show in Maryland, the Outsider Art Fair in New York, and "Pure Vision," an exhibition of work by New England artists with disabilities held in Boston in 1997. Lombardi is represented by the Gateway Gallery where her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions.