About me


Lydia Zoells is a painter and printmaker whose past lives include five years in book publishing and teaching knitting and crocheting classes. Born in Geneva, Switzerland and raised in Chicago, she received her B.A. in English literature at Washington University in St. Louis. She is drawn to art that draws from history to radically imagine the future, and she has a soft spot for texture, textile, and the tactile. Her paintings and prints have been exhibited in New York by the Salmagundi Club, Eyes On Art, The Art Cart NYC, The Living Gallery, and LIC-Artists, as well as at the New York Academy of Art, where she is currently a graduate student. She will receive her M.F.A. in 2024.


My eternal gratitude to Carolyn Lyford Catalano, who taught me art from ages 10 to 18 and gave me the foundation in drawing fundamentals, materials, color theory, and basic anatomy that made it possible for me to grow on my own for so many years. Most importantly, she instilled a love of the process of art-making and a confidence in my own abilities that has carried me through.