Pam Fingado is a native Californian born in San Francisco and raised in the East Bay. She attended local schools, studying at the California College of Arts in Oakland and earned a BA in Studio Art at California State University Hayward. While in college she concentrated in printmaking. Eventually she went on to working with oil pastels. She is best known for her vivid renderings of Bay Area homes, historical architecture, and New Mexico landscapes. While learning to be a printmaker, she studied with renowned printmaker and artist, Misch Cohn. This led her to appreciate and enjoy the qualities of paper.
A California credentialed teacher, she taught art in public and private schools for over ten years. She still continues to teach private lessons and selected workshops. While teaching art she took an interest in the decorative craft of paper cutting. In 2005 she developed an online undergraduate design class on the Art and Technique of Papercutting: from Traditional Folk Craft to contemporary Art. Today she integrates paper cutting techniques, painting, oil pastel and craft in her work. Examples of these mixed media pieces can be seen in her current, "Garden of Wonder and Delight Series."
An active member in the art community, Pam is an advocate for the arts. She was one of the founding members who helped establish El Cerrito's Arts and Culture Commission. She was a commissioner for over six years. In 2008 she opened Fingado Art Gallery, which in 2012 became Fingado Art Services and Coaching. She belongs to Nordic 5 Arts, Media Art Works and The Art Salon of the East Bay.