Aida Birritteri CV/Bio
Aida Birritteri emigrated from Cuba to the USA on March 20, 1968 at the age of three-and-a-half. Her family came to the US legally after applying for a VISA in 1960. They were put on a waiting list to come to America until 1968. In the interim, the family endured political and economic hardships. Aida, her parents and siblings were part of a wave of Cuban immigrants that fled to US soil as part of an agreement between the US and Cuba during the Lyndon Johnson era. Between 1960 and 1972 a quota of Cuban immigrants came to the US daily by plane on what were known as the “Freedom Flights.” The family settled in Elizabeth, NJ where Aida lived for 25 to 30 years. Aida dreamed of becoming an artist at a young age. She began drawing as a way of expressing herself and developed her visual art skills throughout her life. She attended Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and New Jersey City University graduating with a BFA in 1990. After marrying, Aida and her husband Anthony Birritteri, moved to a small town, High Bridge, NJ (located in Northern Hunterdon County) in 1997. They have two daughters, Olivia and Isabel.
Aida works en plein aire and as a studio watercolor and oil painter. She has been entering her watercolors into local and regional juried shows throughout the Delaware Valley in NJ and PA, for a number of years and has exhibited in gallery shows as well. She participated at the Tinicum Art Festival, Erwinna PA, receiving 3rd Place for Watercolor in 2015 and an Honorable Mention in 2017. She was accepted into the Stover Mill Gallery Annual Juried Exhibit in 2015 and 2018. Aida exhibited at the “Ellarslie Open 35,” Trenton City Museum, in 2018, and the “Tertulia,” exhibit at Ellarslie, in 2016, highlighting local and regional Latin Artists. Aida received a Merit award at the Annual Garden State Watercolor Society Juried Exhibit held at Ellarslie in 2016, and a 3rd Place award in 2017 for the “Quick Draw Plein Aire Event,” held at the Gronendhal Farm by the Art & Cultural Council of Bucks County in Doylestown, PA. She was also awarded Best Watercolor in 2016 during a plein aire event at the Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ. She was part of a group invitational show in December, 2016 at the Schmitberger Fine Art Gallery, Frenchtown, NJ. Her watercolors have been purchased by private collectors.
“As I work, I watch the paint as it moves, blends and creates washes and affects decisions I make during the painting process.” Current works for the June 2019 Exhibit at the Stover Mill Gallery, Bucks County PA, include floral themes and rural to urban landscapes.