Lauren Mantecón, American abstract painter, was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1964 and grew up moving between the east and west coasts, negotiating the terrain of identity and place in the middle. She earned her BA in conceptual photography from California State University, Fullerton and her MFA from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.
Lauren’s work has been featured since 1990 in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the USA and internationally, including:
Museo de La Isla de Cozumel, Mexico
Fargo Art Museum, Marin Moca, Novato, California
Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Oregon
Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts
Chase Young Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
Friesen Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho
Muse Gallery, Buffton, South Carolina
Gebert Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
Nuart Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Imogen Gallery, Astoria, Oregon
Trove Gallery, Park City, Utah
She has been the recipient of numerous awarded art residencies that include: Djerassi (Woodside, California), Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (Otis, Oregon), and Jentel (Banner, Wyoming).
Lauren has been an educator of mixed media approaches to art for over twenty years, having taught at University of Portland, Portland State University, and Santa Fe Community College, and as a workshop instructor on the Alchemy of Mixed Media and Painting, focusing on unconventional techniques to the creative process that include Oregon College of Art and Craft (Oregon), Sun Valley Center for the Arts (Ketchum, Idaho), Jackson Hole Center for the Arts (Wyoming), ICB Center (Sausalito, California), Mendocino Center for the Arts (California), Sitka Center for Art and Technology (Otis, Oregon), Hui Ho’olana Arts Center (Molokai, Hawaii), Aha School for the Arts, (Telluride, Colorado), Ghost Ranch (Abiquiu, New Mexico), Hollyhock Learning Center (Mansons Landing, British Columbia, Canada).
Lauren currently lives, works, and teaches in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“My work embodies a lifelong fascination with the inexplicable mysteries of life. Each painting elicits complex layered surfaces exploring a multitude of materials and paint in combination with ephemeral subject matter.” LM