Nalyne Gunggavakin is a modern day Renaissance women, who is multi talented and classically educated. While in graduate school, the many years for exposure to fumes from oil painting and solvents, took a toll on her body. She became very allergic to these art making materials. Thus, she knew that she would not be able to teach in a university art department, where she will be exposed to these toxins. Therefore, she had to figure a way to teach fine arts at a high level, preserving the standards of the discipline. Inspired by Rembrandt’s and Rubens’ studio enterprise and school, she started to accept students in her atelier. It would give her freedom to teach fine arts without the bureaucratic red tape and politics of the public school systems. Most great painters have been trained in a private atelier in their formative years. Rembrandt is a famous example of a master painter who had a prolific career as an artist and art educator.
Nalyne shares similar philosophy as Steve Jobs, in having a purity of thought when delivering the best product possible with out compromise. Nalyne does not sell out and dilute the quality of the program with a “cartoonie” or canned approach to teaching, for the sake of monetary gains. Like Steve Jobs, she gives candid feedback and motivates her students to achieve their full potential, but perhaps in a more gentle fashion than Jobs, yet as effective.
She started formal fine arts training at 12 years old under the mentorship of a well known masterpainter in Los Angeles. She was smitten with art early on and knew that it is her calling. When not teaching, she is active managing her art career and jewelry design business.
Nalyne has taught art at various 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.
About Nalyne Gunggavakin
Founder and Creative Director
Nalyne holds a Master of Fine Arts from San José State University in painting. She was 1 of 3 candidates selected for the graduate program in the pictorial category from a pool of over 500 applicants. She received a Bachelor of Arts from U.C. Berkeley in Political Economy of Industrial Societies (P.E.I.S.), with a minor in Business Administration. While an undergrad at Cal, she also studied painting, color theory, drawing and art history. The department has an illustrious reputation for breeding many famous artists and professors such as Richard Diebenkorn, Jay Defeo, Deborah Oropallo, Hans Hoffman and Joan Brown.
She has been accepted to Art in Embassies Program, in 2009, which is part of the U.S. Department of State. Her artwork has been exhibited in 3 U.S. Embassies around the world. Each exhibition is for 2 years. She has been exhibiting her work internationally and nationally since 1988. She is also featured in a historical landmark anthology, “Troubling Borders: Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora,” by Washington University Press which opened in September 2013. She is also a member of Women Environmental Artists Directory.
Nalyne has completed over 200 units of art history and art criticism as well. She has studied Art History at U.C. Berkeley with world renown art historians like Elizabeth Honig, Ann Wagner, and T.J. Clark. She strongly believes than an artist needs to have a strong knowledge of art history and have curiosity about the world at large. She strives to promote the idea of the artist as an intellectual; a person of ideas and concepts, like in the time of the Renaissance.