Alicia Jean (AJ) Vanderelli
Alicia Jean (AJ) Vanderelli was born in Los Angeles California and was raised in Panama City, Florida. After graduating high school in 1993, she left the small beach community in search of something more…studying English Literature in Pennsylvania, becoming a nanny in Orlando Florida, learning the art of tattoo in Atlanta Georgia, and finally settling in Columbus Ohio in 2003. In late 2008, AJ obtained a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting from Columbus College of Art and Design, graduating Magna Cum Laude. After applying and being accepted into Indiana University MFA program, she decided to stay in Columbus in lieu of moving to Bloomington Indiana.
As of late 2011, AJ began working out of the 400 West Rich facility in Franklinton, Ohio. And in November 2014, she opened The Vanderelli Room art gallery and performance space in the Franklinton Arts District. Whether painting or seeking artists to participate in gallery events, she pays close attention to how each physical element interacts in the environment she visualizes.