Anita Welych was born in Syracuse NY, the daughter of Colombian and Ukrainian immigrants. She attended Cornell University on scholarship, winning a Fulbright Grant to study in Bogota, Colombia. She lived there for 5 1/2 years, teaching art and exhibiting actively. She returned to the United States to pursue an MFA in Painting at Syracuse University, then began teaching at Cazenovia College. She was later awarded another Fulbright Grant to Colombia, this teaching at two major universities and lecturing at several others across the country. She has also several residency opportunities at La Rectoria, an art center in Barcelona, Spain. She lives in Central New York and maintains an active exhibition schedule.