Alba Corrado was born and grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY. Between earning a BFA in Painting and an MFA in Sculpture she married and gave birth to a daughter, Allison Paschke. Aided by a grant from the Bunting Institute, she made the switch from Painting to Sculpture. She was mentored at the University of Illinois by the figurative sculptor Frank Gallo, who reminded her that she had always wanted nothing more or less than to make something beautiful.
As a figurative sculptor, Corrado first cast her work in translucent, pigmented polyester resin, a medium that required high resolution and polish to achieve the desired quality of a film still. Health and environmental concerns pushed her to abandon this material in favor of materials like cast stone, bronze and low fire earthenware.
As RISD’s calligrapher, it is Corrado's good fortune to letter graduates’ names on the famous Benson diploma. Alternately, she designs, letter and often illuminates full texts of citations and certificates. As a teacher in RISD’s Experimental and Foundation Studies, she is committed to sharing her knowledge and experience of core 3D design issues, as well as legacy processes, with the most gifted and intelligent students on the planet. Not least, a substantial part of her creative exercise in spring and summer is as an organic gardener.