Anita Glesta was born in New York City, USA in January 1958. Her early life and later her work were profoundly influenced by the explosive events of the 1960s and 1970s.
Her father was drafted into the Vietnam War in the 1960s, and she moved to San Sebastian, Spain, as an adolescent remaining during the upheavals of General Franco’s death and the Basque separatist struggles (1972-76).
In 1994 she moves to Sydney, Australia. As an artist in the public realm Anita Glesta has worked on several large-scale international projects. Among these projects is the three-acre “Yurong Water Gardens of Cook and Phillip Park” downtown Sydney, completed in 2000 and created in collaboration with a team of landscape architects.
Anita Glesta’s work has been exhibited throughout the world. It includes for instance a permanent outdoor integrated landscape sculpture for the Federal Census Bureau Building in Washington DC, works for two botanic gardens in Sydney and her Multi channel Gernika/Guernica work shown in 2007 as a two part installation at New York and Manhattan. In 2009 Glesta was commissioned to do a multi channel installation for the Copenhagen 15 Summit.
She has been a recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships including Pollock/ Krasner, New York foundation for the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts and Australia Council. Presently she lives and works in the USA.