Margaret Lanzetta



MARGARET LANZETTA is a New York-based artist best known for her abstract culturally inspired work using digitized motifs drawn from Buddhism, 60’s pop culture, nature and contemporary industry. With varying media: painting, printmaking, and photography; and an enduring thematic interest in saturated color, repetition and pattern, a lexicon of motifs are used to explore larger issues of language, political power, spirituality, and cultural migration. In Lanzetta’s work patterns collide, and reappear from painting to painting, a use of seriality influenced by artists such as Andy Warhol, Philip Taaffe and Yayoi Kusama.  Hyperallergic editor John Yau has written, “Lanzetta undermines the sense of order and decorum normally associated with cultural and architectural patterns, transforming the decorative into something far-removed from paradise.” 


Artist Statement


My work draws inspiration from Buddhism, nature, Islamic architecture, industry and Sixties' pop culture. Partly schematic, partly metaphoric, the work incorporates a complex amalgam of geometric forms and archetypal organic plant forms juxtaposed with repetitive patterns extracted from architecture and surface textures of industrial materials. Paralleling Warhol’s forays into seriality and abstraction, patterns are deconstructed and printed in perennial re-combinations of color and scale. The works are conceived as specific, named series, such as Cultural Instructions, gameSpace, Echolalia, The Forgetting of Language, etc. Each series forms a unique “chapter” within the larger oeuvre. Patterns are derived from actual physical materials or photographs, both contemporary and historical. As a personal, spiritual take on the anonymity of geometry, the repetitive patterns are transformed into a “physical mantra” by processes of accretion and layering, combining both digital technology and various printmaking processes, such as stamping or silkscreen. Traditional oil paint, enamel and acrylic, used in a fluid manner with very porous screen meshes results in rich, tactile surfaces referencing the physicality of layered materials Nature as both inspiration and eclipser of culture is a persistent theme. As a journey into a virtual world, the line between reality and imagination is bridged as geometric patterns mimic natural forms and benign houseplants, transformed into large, imposing silhouettes, challenge for supremacy against a celebratory palette of spiritual symbolism. Saturated neon orange, pink, yellow and red remain firmly rooted in the intense, devotional experience of many of the world’s great religious traditions. Through the often literary, spiritual or nature-inspired titles a wide range of associations are invoked. A poetic, but accessible understanding of the emotive powers imbedded in pattern and nature, through memory and association, results..




Solo & Site-Specific Exhibitions



Smart Luck Road, Windows On Main, Brooklyn, New York (site specific installation)

Second Bloom, INSTINC x Moyem, Singapore (with Valerie Ng)


Folded Language, site specific installation, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India


The Chanteuse and A Loaded Gun, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, New York


Blues For Allah, Heskin Contemporary, New York


Famous Ornament, Youkubo Art Space, Tokyo


Reign Marks, Le Cube Gallery, Rabat, Morocco

Utopia Minus Project, Gwarlingo Art Journal, with Poet Susan Briante

Seven Types of Terrain, Lanzetta: Paintings, Textile Collection: Michel Biehn 
Galerie du Jardin des Biehn, Fes, Morocco

Land Farthest West, French Institute Gallery, Fes, Morocco

Studio: Morocco 2011-12


Pet the Pretty Tiger: Works 1990-2010, a 20 year survey show, Cantor Gallery, Worcester, MA. Curator: Carol Schwarzman. Essays by John Yau and Judy Halebsky.


PS 1 MoMa New York Studio Visit

how to live elsewhere, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, New York


Vapor Trail, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston

Plaisir, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, New York


World's Great Age, Queens International, New York, site specific commission for Queens Museum


The Strangeness of Beauty, University of Southern Maine, Portland


Blood River, New York

Papernapkin Smirk, Deborah Berke Architects, New York


Selected Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York

The British Museum, London, UK

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

The Harvard University Art Museum, Massachusetts

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut

The New York Public Library

Werner Kramarsky

New York University Medical Centers

Northern Illinois University

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Iowa

Amerada Hess Corporation, New York

The Hallmark Art Collection


Commissions, Fellowships, & Grants


Artist-in-Residence, Greenwich House Pottery, New York

Senior Fulbright Global Flex Award: India,Thailand and Singapore, grant span: 2016-2019


Commissioned art for Mirror Mirrored: A Contemporary Artists' Edition of 25 Grimm's Tales. Editors: Michelle Aldredge and Corwin Levi, Gwarlingo Press


Ucross Foundation Artist Residency, Wyoming


Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship to India and Syria see images:

India fall, winter and spring and Syria spring and fall


Culture Swirl, Permanent commission for the NYC Subway for the MTA Arts for Transit Program

2007, 2004, 2001

The MacDowell Colony Residencies


British Academy in Rome: Abbey Fellowship in Painting


Dieu Donne Papermill Workspace Residency Grant

Selected Group Exhbitions


Ceramics Now with Sheila Pepe, Halsey Rodman, Giselle Hicks, Greenwich House Pottery, New York

Portable Mind SPRING/BREAK, New York's curator-driven Art Fair

Mirror, Mirror: Art Meets the Monsters, Washington D.C. Project for the Arts

Flower Power, with Cara Enteles, David Koninsberg and Mary Judge, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, New York


CLIPBOARD Durbar Hall Art Centre, Kochi, India curator: Shijo Jacob

between a place and candy: new works in pattern + repetition + motif, 1285 Ave of the Americas Gallery, curator: Jason Andrew/Norte Maar

Type Indicators, Art Helix, Bushwick, NY. curator: Wilson Duggan


PULL: Chronically Undifferentiated, Curatorium, Hudson, NY. curator: Robert Godfrey


SuperMarket 2013: Stockholm Indpendent Art FairLe Cube Gallery, Rabat, Morocco

Spark, Cantor Gallery, Worcester, Ma. curator: Roger Hankins


Place Angle Position, Heskin Contemporary, New York

Permanent Collection, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, curator: Edward del Rosario

Super Saturated:Pattern and Pigment, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, New York curator: Kenise Barnes


The Unfunny Show, Small Black Door Gallery, Bushwick, NY. curator: Mattrew Fisher

Flowers, Follies and Other Rites of Spring, Rockland Center for the Arts, NY, curator: Kenise Barnes

New Prints 2011:WINTER, International Print Center, New York


Autosemblematic, Local Projects Gallery, New York, curator: Jennifer Junkermeier

Ucross: 27 Years of Art, Nicolaysen Museum of Art, Wyoming curator: Lisa Hatchadorian


Fresh Asphalt, Gallery Satori, Lower Eastside New York, curator: Eun Young Choi

Rococo Pop, Dean Projects and Crossing Art Gallery, New York


New Editions/Artists Book Fair, Jean-Yves Noblet Editions, New York


Global Pop, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts curator: Joseph Carroll


Plane and Form, Minnesota Center for Art, Minneapolis

All Terrain, Average Industries Gallery, Art Basel, Miami

Private View, APT Gallery, London, UK


New Projects, Dieu Donne Papermill, New York


The Fine Arts, British Academy in Rome, Italy


Remix, Dieu Donne Papermill, New York, curator: Edwin Ramoran


Art on Paper 2000, Weatherspoon Art Museum, North Carolina

25 Years of Dieu Donne Paper, Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin

Six Abstract Painters, Karen McCready Fine Art, New York

Paper Trail, Mason Gross Arts Gallery, Rutgers University, New Jersey

Press & Media


The Language of the Sari, 
The Hindu National, Priyadershini S

In the Spirit of Enquiry, 
Kerala Review

Indulge: Art in Kochi 
New Indian Express, Arya P Dinesh


One Question,One Answer 
Romanov Grave Art Journal, Bonnie Rychlak


Blues For Allah: Reflections on Patterns Across Time & Space,, Anna Jacobs and George Bajalia


Blues For Allah at Heskin Contemporary,Gallery Travels, Anne Russinof

Margaret Lanzetta, Painting Mockingbird Blog, Steve Gibson


Margaret Lanzetta, Reign Marks, The Brooklyn Rail, Carol Schwarzman

A Fes Inspire des Artistes New-Yorkais, Casablanca Diptich Magazine, Syham Weigant

Superb Art in the Fes Medina, A View From Fez, Susanna Clarke

Reign Marks, Babelfan, Morocco, Carine Adam-Destang


Sneaky Fun in Ridgewood-The UnFunny Show, Two Coats of Paint, Sharon Butler

I Heart Ridgewood-The UnFunny Show, Bushwick Daily, Katarina Hybenova


A Post Modern Garden: The Work of Margaret Lanzetta,, John Yau

Ways to Leave Homecatalog essay, poet Judy Halebsky


560 Broadway: The New York Drawing Collection of Werner Kramarsky editor, Amy Eshoo


Vapor Trail, Bernard Toale Gallery review: Hand Papermaking Lournal, editor: Mina Takahashi

Global Pop: We ARE What We Buy, review: The Boston Globe, Cate McQuaid. Oct 12

Prints Now, Directions and Definitions, The Victoria and Albert Museum Publications,
Gill Saunders,Rosemary Miles

Plane and Form at Minnesota Center for Arts, review: K. Searle, Hand Papermaking Journal


Collecting the Contemporary, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Art Libraries Journal UK, Gill Saunders

Cosi La Mostra, La Republica Rome, Mario de Candia. June 20


Unframed, Artists Respond to AIDS, CRIA Foundation, editor: Manuel Gonzales


Six Abstract Painters,review: The New York Times, Ken Johnson. July 2

Teaching & Lectures


Pace University, New York, visiting lecturer


Contents May Have Shifted, Artist Talk at the Elizabeth Foundation, New York


College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts visiting artist


University of Baroda, India, visiting lecturer

Institute of Art and Design, Jaipur, India visiting lecturer


Makor-Steinhardt Center, NYC “Beauty’s Burden” panel, moderator: David Gibson

2005, 2000, 2001

Western Carolina University, professor, MFA program

Asheville Museum of Art, North Carolina, public lecture


The Isamu Noguchi Museum, Long Island City, staff lecturer


School of Visual Arts, New York City MFA

Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine

Parsons School of Design, New York City

Tyler School of Art, Rome, Italy

Studio Art Center International, Florence, Italy

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. cum laude BA in Fine Arts




Selected Public Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York

British Museum, London

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The New York Public Library Print Collection

Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Cambridge

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven

Northern Illinois University Museum, Dekalb

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Iowa

The Hallmark Fine Art Collection, Kansas City

Amerada Hess Corporation, New York

New York University Medical Centers

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusets

Selected Private Collections

Kenise Barnes, New York

Mary Kathryn Brown, Arkansas

Pamela Butler, New York

Susan Drew, Los Angeles

Bill and Jodi Gorin, New York

Dawn and Chuck Hendricks, New York

Barbara Kelly, Canada

Barbara and Roger Kohin, Worcester

Patti Kraft, Boston

Werner Kramarsky, New York

Richard Landy, New York

Leslie and Michael Meyers, New York

Jean-Yves Noblet, New York

Loan Pham, New York

Tunde and Sunder Reddy, New York

Janet and John Robinson, New York

Natasha and Ross Taylor, Australia

Nancy Tepper, New York

Bruce and Naomi Usher, New York

Dan Cullen and Mary Chris Welch, New York

Jennifer Kroman and David Wermuth, New York

Niall Worn, Germany

Lori and Barry Kupferberg

Elisabeth Pisternak, Rabat, Morocco

Nawal Slaoui, Casablanca, Morocco

Rebecca and Daniel Pailes-Friedman, New York