photo, above: "Resting Comfortably" at the Joy Kops Gallery, Duluth, MN – 1996 / Photo © Richard C. Johnson
"Adu Gindy's paintings are full of inspiration, life and happiness." – Anders Mildner, Smälandsposten, Växjö, Sweden
Adu Alexandre Gindy (b. 1941) creates dramatic and fanciful images of animals, bugs, gods and people, all living in one big universe. Her lively and colorful canvases and works on paper are in museum collections throughout the Upper Midwest region of the United States, as well as in Sweden and Cuba. She has gallery affiliations in Chicago, Duluth and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Born in 1941 in Pärnu, Estonia, Adu spent a tumultuous youth in post-war relocation camps in Germany before emigrating with her mother to the United States in 1950. She earned her B.A. from Vassar College, her M.A.T. from Columbia Teachers College, and also attended classes at the Art Students League in New York City, The Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, Connecticut, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine, prior to earning an M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1989.
Gindy taught in the Art & Design Department at the University of Minnesota–Duluth for 25 years. She now lives in Minneapolis and Hayward, Wisconsin with her husband, Scott Bertas, and paints from her studio in The California Building in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.
M.F.A. 1989, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
M.A.T. 1966, Columbia Teachers College (Columbia University), New York, NY
B.A. 1964, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
University of Minnesota–Duluth, MN
Silvermine School of Art, New Caanan, CT
SITE Program (Yale University), Cancún, Mexico
Art Students League, New York, NY
2009 Juror, Jerome Artist Grant for Artists with Disabilities, Minneapolis, MN
1989-2005 Assistant Professor of Art, University of Minnesota–Duluth
1999 Curator, “Celebrate Women in the Arts,” Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN
1996 Visiting Lecturer (Artist Forum), Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN
1995 Juror, “Celebrate Women in the Arts,” Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN