Annette Cyr grew up in Southern California, spending an influential year in Arezzo, Italy and one in Paris, France. The years in Europe gave her direct contact with the grand tradition of European painting with which she has been mischievously working ever since.

Upon earning her MFA from Yale University, Cyr moved to New York City. Cyr's painting has been awarded numerous awards including an NEA Fellowship in Painting, as well as grants from Art Matters, Inc. and NYSCA, and residency fellowships at the MacDowell, Yaddo, Millay, Hambidge and Dorland art colonies.

She currently divides her time between New York and California, as Associate Professor and Lead Faculty of Art at National University, San Diego, CA. She is the founding Director of 214a Gallery + Project Space in San Diego and develops successful online studio art courses.
Cyr in an award-winning film director for whom the camaraderie of filmmaking balances the solitude of painting. Her most recent film, "Blindness" is accepted into the Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner 2018, airing on Shorts International (Channel 573 on DirectTV see for times) and available soon on Amazon. Cyr's other films include: the film poem, "Evangeline"; the short documentary, "A Poet's Life", a visit to the poet Jane Hirshfield; and the "Artists of the 21st Century" series about the predicaments of an artist, Annette Souris. Cyr has several feature and mini-series projects in various stages of development.