Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Natalie Lanese received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and conducted post-graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art. She lives and works in Toledo, Ohio.

Ms. Lanese’s work is recognized for its punchy color palette and layered patterns. The Village Voice described her collages as “enigmatic narratives heightened by keen color clashes and jazzy textures” when covering her exhibition at Jack the Pelican Presents in Brooklyn in 2007. She works primarily in painting, installation, and collage. Ms. Lanese has exhibited her work at MOCA Tucson, the Akron Art Museum, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA. She has installed permanent public artworks in Cincinnati, Toledo, and in Cleveland, OH.


My work begins as an experiment with the possibilities of collage on a variety of surfaces or backgrounds. Essential to the work is its commanding scale and its relationship to the viewer. Geometric patterns, gestural strokes and intense color combine to create conceptual spaces and immediate psychological realities.

Hard-edged patterns with manipulated perspective lines, usually painted on a two-dimensional surface, are central to my work. Collage serves both as a sculptural and conceptual expression: flat layers, cut-out images or objects that I arrange in, on or in front of the painted surface that deceive spatial perception. The installation creates an image where the objects, the space itself and the viewer of the work lend themselves as collage.