Luanda Lozano holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from Parsons The New School of Design in New York. Her illustrious career in printmaking began in the early 1990s at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, formerly The Printmaking Workshop. During her time at the workshop, she participated in the printmaking outreach program, which aimed to bring education on printmaking to underserved communities, aligning with the workshop’s mission set forth by its founder, master printer Robert Blackburn. For almost a decade, Luanda served on the teaching staff at the Bronx River Art Center, where she imparted knowledge on drawing and printmaking. In addition, she has taught at esteemed institutions such as the Center for Contemporary Prints in Norwalk, Connecticut; Pelham Art Center in New York; Escuela de Bellas Artes in Ponce, Puerto Rico; Museum for African Art, New York; Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York; and Artist Proof Studio in South Africa. Luanda is a founding member of the renowned printmaking collective Dominican York Proyecto Grafica (DYPG). The collective, committed to spreading awareness about printmaking to underserved communities, conducted community workshops and educational panels about the art of printmaking. Their first portfolio is now a part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art museum and is currently touring with the exhibition ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now, currently on view (February 4 – June 17, 2023) at the Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, New Hampshire. In 2016, Luanda Lozano was selected by the New York Print Club for its annual artist showcase event held at the Society of Illustrators in New York. Currently, Luanda serves as a board member of the Manhattan Graphics Center, Inc., a printmaking studio located in Manhattan, New York where she previously served as co-Vice President from 2015 until June 2019.
“Through my art, I explore the processes of aquatint, collagraph, and etching not simply for their inherent ability to create multiple images, but rather because of the evocative graphic qualities of the marks and values that are so effective for my expressive purposes.
My work is characterized by an interplay of irregular shapes, textures, and layers of earthy colors, which are used to convey a variety of themes and concerns. My use of faces and anthropomorphic figures suggest social issues, but my aim is not to make political statements as much as to evoke personal and spiritual associations. By creating a unique visual language that speaks to viewers on a visceral level, I hope to engage and challenge the viewer, encouraging a deeper exploration of their own emotional responses to my work.”