Andrew Galdi is a Pennsylvania-based artist with a talent for calligraphy and wildlife painting. As a child, 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 recreate on paper what he saw in the films.
His talent for drawing led him to study illustration and painting at Penn State University and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His interest in Asian arts grew over the years to include calligraphy, ink painting, bonsai and martial arts.
In 2001, Andrew met Hengyi Aixinjueluo and studied 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 her 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. He has several collectors and has exhibited in many venues.