Anita Mandl was born in Prague and came to England in l939. She trained as a zoologist at Birkbeck College, University of London. In l948 she joined the teaching staff of the Medical School, University of Birmingham (Ph.D, D.Sc), while attending evening classes in sculpture at the Birmingham College of Art.
Since l965 Anita has lived in Devon, with her studio in her garden. Most of her sculptures are simplified animal forms with highly polished surfaces. Her early carvings were mostly in hardwoods, but she later turned to alabaster, soapstone and marbles. All her bronzes are cast from original carvings and since l987 they have all been cast and patinated by Pangolin Editions.
In l978 Anita was made a full member of the Royal West of England Academy and in l980 she was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. Her work has been shown at the Royal Academy on several occasions and she has been regularly exhibited at Curwen Gallery.