Gloria Vanderbilt was born in New York City and spent most of her childhood in Europe. She was educated at the Art Students League and the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City.
In 1968 Life Magazine called Vanderbilt "a feminine version of the Renaissance Man." She has had success as an actor, author, artist and designer.
Gloria Vanderbilt has exhibited her paintings and collages in galleries throughout the U.S., including a one-woman show of paintings at Neiman-Marcus stores in Dallas and Houston. In June 2013 she had her first Canadian solo exhibition at the De Luca Gallery in Toronto. Her work is featured in the permanent collection at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont.
“Over time Vanderbilt's work has gone in many different directions, has sustained, and continues to surprise. She works in different media (oil, acrylic, egg tempera), and her palette has always been bright with varieties of pink, red, lavender, yellow. It is vibrant, with intelligence as present in vivid, but has only been in the service of an idea, a composition, a feeling, an emotion, and is never after just prettiness.
In her work there is nothing of sentimentality, even when the subject is tender: a contented couple with two children in the background, or a mother with a child, or a woman in a hat. They and hundreds more have a kind of power to them, with a sense not of melancholy but of what the passage of time means, of how the present will one day be a memory."
Excerpt from Welcome to the Dollhouse, Town & Country by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.