Biography

Christine Palamidessi studied with mask-makers and cartapesta artisans in Venice, Rome, and Lecce, Italy. Her breastplates have been on exhibit in Boston’s State House and galleries in Boston, Washington DC, Woodstock, Vermont, Pittsburgh, and galleries in Tel Aviv, Otranto and Spongano, Italy. Her work is held in collections in Europe, the United States, Brazil and the Dominican Republic.


Palamidessi is a published novelist. THE VIRGIN KNOWS and THE FIDDLE CASE are both available online, and as ebooks, and in libraries. She, along with Carol Albright, are editors of the book AMERICAN WOMEN, ITALIAN STYLE. For 12 years she taught writing and Ethnic Literature at Boston University.


“Grandmothers,” her memoir, is engraved on a granite monolith and installed as public

art at Boston's MBTA station, Jackson Square, on the Orange Line.


Palamidessi's awards include the Barbara Demming Award for Women Artists, an UrbanArt award for public art, a Dante Alighieri Fellowship, BAU Institute residency, and Mass MoCA residency.


Palamidessi is a long-time Iyengar yoga practitioner and yoga teacher.