Mark Lavatelli makes encaustic paintings and monotype prints often combining images of trees with geometric abstraction. He has had had twenty-two solo exhibitions in New Mexico, Texas, and New York. His encaustic paintings were featured in “Trees Interpreted: Charles Burchfield and Mark Lavatelli,” at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY. In 2011 his installation, Pine, won the Gold Medal at the Buffalo Society of Artist’s annual catalogue exhibition. He has been a resident artist at the Saltonstall Foundation in Ithaca, NY, The Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM, Jentel in Banner, WY, Rocky Neck in Gloucester, MA, and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.
He is co-author of Richard Diebenkorn in New Mexico, published by the Museum of New Mexico Press in 2005. Lavatelli’s art reviews have appeared in The Buffalo News, Artvoice, Buffalo Spree, and Cornelia.
Education: A.B. (Art History) Cornell University 1970, M. A. (Art History) University of Illinois 1973, M.F.A. (Painting and Drawing) University of New Mexico 1979
Teaching: Missouri Western State College, St. Joseph, MO 1972-76, University of Dallas, Irving TX 1980-87, Medaille University, Buffalo, NY, 1988-2020