Nym Pedersen was born in Troy, NY in 1959. He spent his early childhood in New Jersey, then moved to NYC when he was six. There he attended a variety of schools and graduated with a BA from Columbia College in 1982. Later he attended the Art Students League of New York to study anatomy and life drawing.
In the mid 90’s he moved to Portland, OR, for a change of pace. There he met a group of painters who shared his interest in expressive figurative work. Two years in the cloudy Pacific Northwest was plenty; a visit to see his sister in Charlottesville brought him back East. The bachelor life soon ended, for it was in Virginia that he met his wife, Allegra. They are joyfully planted on the east side of the Blue Ridge Mountains with their wonderful sons, Noah, Alexander, and Gregory, and many animals large and small.
Nym says: “I was always a ‘drawing’ child. One of my strongest memories is walking across Central Park as a child to go to the knights and armor gallery at the Metropolitan Museum. I made this trip many times, and as I grew up I spent more time with the paintings and sculpture and less with the knights. It was a great resource for city kids with artistic tendencies. At college I was an English major but took some wonderful sculpture and printmaking classes. When I had been out of school for a while and was going through the floundering of my 20’s, I attended the Art Students League and studied life drawing. That was a great experience, both for the development of my work but also to experience the calm joy of the Leaguea sanctuary in midtown. In any event, now I live in rural Virginia and appreciate the difference. Making paintings and sculpture is a great joy, and in our twisted times feels like a privilege too. I keep in mind the approach of many great jazz musicians when applied to visual art: paint what you feel. And keep it free. And my best instructions these days come from my boys, who are my greatest joy: Paint like a child.”