As a child, Andrew Galdi had a talent for drawing. His favorite subjects were science fiction and fantasy. He was also fascinated by movies and animation from China and Japan, and loved to spend hours trying to draw the characters and vehicles from memory.
His talent for drawing eventually led him to study illustration and painting at both Penn State University and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His interest in Asian arts continued to grow, and over the years expanded to include other aspects of the culture including calligraphy, ink painting, bonsai and martial arts.
In 2001, Andrew met Hengyi Aixinjueluo and began studying with her in the Chinese style of ink and watercolor painting. Since he did not speak Chinese, he learned the techniques without verbal instruction by following his teacher’s movements and concentrating on details such as brush orientation and pressure. As a result, his paintings capture more of the spirit of the subjects.
Today Andrew continues to study ink painting and Japanese calligraphy. He holds the rank of Go dan (5th degree) in Shodo and has taught at a collegiate level. His work has taken top awards and been exhibited in many venues.