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Laurie Shapiro’s large-scale, mixed-media paintings  can be viewed from the wall or in an otherworldly setting where she creates installations that you can walk inside of.  Her work is driven by an insatiable need to inquire about the nature of how we perceive the world. Fascinated by color and process, Shapiro initially builds up her paintings by screen printing stencils of her drawings, then hand sewing the segments on raw muslin which she then brings to life with layers of painting . When viewed up closely, one can see the intricate details and hand-stitching of her screen printed drawings.  A few artists she admires are Roy De Forest, Gustav Klimt, and Kerry James Marshall.

Shapiro’s holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University (2012), during which she spent a semester abroad at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey (2011).

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Lives & Works
Los Angeles, California

Born
1990, Long Island, New York.

Education
BFA’ 2012, Painting, Printmaking, Installation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
2011, Painting, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.

Residencies
2017, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA.
2014, Digital Art Studio, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
2012, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA.
2012, “Tresspass,” Future Tenant Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Solo Exhibitions and Installations
2018
“All Yoni Is Love,” de Plume Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Before You Were Born,” Radiant Space, Los Angeles, CA
2017
“Before You Were Born,”
and other recent pieces, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA
2014
New Works,
Studio 9, Berkeley, CA.
2012
“Lovers in the Wonderland of the Holy Innocence,”
Ear Peace Records, Berkeley, CA
“Laurie Shapiro,” Blush!, San Francisco, CA
2011
“Fran’s Karma,”
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
“The Forest of Phallies,” Ellis Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Selected Group Exhibitions and Installations
2018
We Rise,
Los Angeles, CA
2017
Raise a Brush – Benefit Art Show for Ghostship Fire Relief, Lottie Rose Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
2016
“Tying the Knot Fundraiser,”
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA
“Wild/Mind,” Juried Art Show, Gearbox Gallery, Oakland, CA (Juried by George Lawson)
2015
Art Party Group Show, Sawtooth Studios, East Bay Open Studios, Berkeley, CA
2014
“Where to From There?”
Pro Arts Juried Annual, Oakland, CA (Juried by ​Arnold J. Kemp
“Re.DeConstruct,” Art Share LA, Los Angeles, CA
2013
“East Bay Open Studios Group Show,”
Pro Arts, Oakland, CA
“Formative Amalgamation,” Rock Paper Scissors, Oakland, CA
“Artists’ Annual,” Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
2012
“Fools of Transport,”
Future Tenant, Pittsburgh, PA
“Terms and Conditions,” Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
“Connect Disconnect,” Frame Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

Commissions
“Replic​a of Oswaldo Guayasami’s Mother and Child,” Long Island, NY.
“Figures in the Windows” private commission Berlin, Germany.
“​American Eagle” private commission, Dresden, Germany.
“Graffiti Monster” private commission, Florentin Hostel, Tel­Aviv, Israel.

Selection Collections   
“Lovers Dance,” permanent collection at San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA.
“Yellow Cave,” public installation at Blush! wine bar, San Francisco, CA .
“Stranger,” public display in the art department at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.
“Folsom Street Fair,” Oakland CA, private collection.
“Trees in the Wonderland of the Holy Innocence,” Sausalito, CA. (private art collection)
“Homeless People and Dancing Bird Children,” private collection Pittsburgh, PA.
“Melodie,” private collection Long Island, NY.

Honors and Awards   
2012
Wickerman art grant recipient, Four Quarters Farm, PA.
SURGE grant recipient, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
Ethal Kirk & Mary Murdock Scholarship, Carnegie Mellon University.
2011
Ethal Kirk & Mary Murdock Scholarship, Carnegie Mellon University.
2010
Ethal Kirk & Mary Murdock Scholarship, Carnegie Mellon University.

Selected Press
Voyage LA – Meet Laurie Shapiro – 2018
Art and Cake LA – 2018
Artillery Magazine – 2018
LA Magazine – 2018
Fiber Art Now (print) – Summer 2017
Metroactive – 2017
Silicon Valley DeBug – 2017