Margaret Lanzetta’s abstract paintings use motifs drawn from numerous multicultural sources such as Buddhism, '60s pop culture, nature and contemporary industry. She has traveled the world gathering images and employs a lexicon of motifs to explore larger issues of language, spirituality, and cultural migration. Through painting, photography and printmaking, she melds the mechanically generated and hand wrought. Often, digitally manipulated photographs of patterns are cut into stencils and silkscreened on canvases or paper. Influenced by artists such as Andy Warhol, Philip Taaffe and Yayoi Kusama, Lanzetta explores the power in the use of seriality. Margaret Lanzetta’s surfaces are rich and tactile. Layers of oil and enamel paint are used fluidly; paint is pushed through porous silkscreens building the composition and layering meaning through the process. Her enduring interest in saturated color is evident in all of her work, and the color choices are weighted with symbolic and cultural content.
Margaret Lanzetta exhibits widely in the US and internationally including in India, Morocco, Japan. She is the recipient of an Inaugural Senior Fulbright Global Fellowship (India, Singapore, Thailand), Abbey Fellowship in Painting, Rome, Italy, Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship (India, Syria), and was awarded residencies with INSTINC Art Residence, Singapore, Greenwich House Pottery, Greenwich, New York, MacDowell Art Colony Residency, to name a few. The artist was commissioned for a major permanent Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City subway system (Norwood Avenue, Brooklyn, NY). Her work is represented in numerous museum collections including of the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the British Museum, London. Margaret Lanzetta received her MFA from School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. She lives and works in New York, NY.