Annie Bao is a Manhattan-based Contemporary Surrealist painter who specializes in oil portraits of people and animals. Her work depicts a fascination with the complexity of the human condition and is a careful negotiation between real life and the fantastic. Her work aims to redefine contemporary life through pictorial satire and evocative whimsy. 


Self-taught, Annie began selling her paintings and taking commissions while studying Political Science and International Affairs at Columbia University. After graduation, she began pursuing painting seriously while working as a political analyst and has since studied with Cornelia Foss and Robert Cenedella at the Art Students League of New York.


In 2012, Annie left her job and established Annie Bao Art. She has since exhibited widely in Manhattan, NYC and continues to sell to private collectors domestic and abroad.