Andrew Saftel was raised in Rhode Island. He received a B.F.A. with an emphasis on Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute. In the mid 1980s, he relocated to Knoxville, TN, set up a studio and continued making paintings on wood panels that were inspired by the carved and stained woodblocks left from printing projects. He has since had over fourty-five solo exhibitions of paintings, sculptures, prints, and collages in galleries and museums across the country. He is the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and was selected to travel to Israel as a part of a Tennessee/Israel Art Exchange. He divides his time between the Sequatchie Valley in East Tennessee, Northern California, and Patzcuaro, Mexico.