Dorothy Palanza was born in Massachusetts, into a classic Italian-American family. She maintains both Italian and United States citizenship, is fluent in multiple languages, and has traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Americas.

Palanza is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (BFA) and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (MFA), studying painting with Jeremy Foss and John Grillo (thesis advisor, a student of Hans Hoffman), and printmaking with Fred Becker. In the following years, she worked as a muralist, fine artist, decorative painter and designer, first in New Orleans and then NYC, where she retains a following. She apprenticed as a decorative painter with European master Alfred Junke and NYC’s Vincent Inamorata, and in 1992, founded Colorfields Studio in NYC.

During 1999, she moved Colorfields Studio to Berlin, living and working there and in NYC. In 2008, Palanza relocated Colorfields Studio to Provincetown, MA, the oldest continuous art colony in America, and in 2011, opened an additional new studio in NYC.

Palanza has always felt passionately about painting and working with color. A rich knowledge of paint chemistry, and effects of color, form and texture on large surfaces, is evident in her work. Resisting thematic conventions, her work reflects the personal, environmental and sociocultural influences from her life experience and history of exploration and collaboration in the arts. Palanza has had numerous group and solo shows, museum exhibits, and is collected by private patrons internationally.

In addition fine art, decorative, restorative and design endeavors, she has also co-authored screenplays, animated series, and two popular European children’s books, ‘Helma legt los’ and ‘ Helma legt die Gockel rein’.

Fine Art Representation

Katharina Chichester (Berlin, Deutschland)
Artcurrent (New York, NY, USA)
Schoolhouse Gallery (Provincetown, MA, USA)
Williams-McCall Gallery (Miami Beach, FL, USA)