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 communities that lacked access to such opportunities, 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 distinguished 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 printmaking collective Dominican York Proyecto Grafica (DYPG). The collective is committed to spreading awareness about printmaking to underserved communities, conducting workshops and educational panels about the art of printmaking. Their first portfolio is 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.
Her prints are part of several prestigious collections, among them: Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Print Collection, New York; Museo el Barrio, New York; Kanagawa Museum print collection, Japan; Smithsonian American Art Museum (Portfolio Manifestaciones, Dominican York Proyecto Gráfica, Washington, D.C.; Museo Nacional del Grabado, Argentina. Varna Museum, Bulgarie; Chamalière Museum, Auvergne, France; MontClair Museum (PMW Portfolio 2000) New Jersey; Library of Congress (Robert Blackburn print collection), Washington D.C.; Dunn Development, Corp., Brooklyn, New York; Tellus Art, Sweden; Taiwan Museum of Art, Taiwan; Florean Museum and InterArt Foundation, Romania; CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, The City College of New York; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (Portfolio Manifestaciones, Dominican York Proyecto Gráfica); Hudson County Community College, Jersey City, New Jersey; Mexic-Arte museum (Portfolio La Huella Magistral, Consejo Gráfico); Blanton Museum (Portfolio La Huella Magistral, Consejo Gráfico); Brandywine Workshop & Archives, Philadelphia, PA ((Portfolio Manifestaciones, Dominican York Proyecto Gráfica), Kathy Caraccio Fine Art Print Collection.
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.
In my art, I am drawn to the graphic qualities of aquatint, collagraph, and etching techniques, not only for their ability to create multiple images but also for the ways in which their marks and values can effectively convey my expressive purposes.
My work is characterized by an interplay of irregular shapes, textures, and layers of earthy colors that create a unique visual language. This language speaks directly to the viewer on a visceral level, evoking emotional responses and inviting them to engage with the artwork on a deeper level.
I draw inspiration from my personal experiences and the world around me, with themes such as identity, memory, and social and spiritual exploration frequently featured in my work. My aim is not to make overt political statements but rather to create images that resonate with viewers on a personal and emotional level, encouraging them to contemplate their own experiences and perspectives. The word that often emerges within my artistic endeavors is "transcendence," as I seek to capture moments of transcendence and evoke a sense of connection between the human spirit and the greater universe.
Ultimately, my art is a reflection of my desire to connect with others and share my experiences in a way that is both personal and universal. By exploring the possibilities of printmaking and other techniques, I seek to create a dialogue with my audience and invite them to join me in a journey of discovery and reflection.