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“Thoroughly modern, yet rooted in tradition” - Guideposts.  

 “Filled with Renaissance resonances.” - Dr. Kathryn Barusch - Graduate Theological Union 

“The work is filled with positivity and life enhancing energy.” - NYC Gallerist Nancy Hoffman 


Deborah Lanino, born and raised in New York, began her career illustrating book jackets, magazine covers and several picture books, her first being the Christmas classic, The Littlest Angel, written by Charles Tazewell. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute and a Master’s Degree from Argosy University, she also studied art abroad at SACI in Florence, Italy. Deborah has taught college art for over 10 years at the Art Institute and exhibited her work in numerous galleries and museums nationwide, including Sturt Haaga Gallery, Range Projects Gallery, BG Gallery, The Makery, The Beverly Hills Art Show, and The Huntington Art Museum. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Bay Times, UK House & Garden, and Wine Spectator, as well as publications such as Farrar Straus & Giroux, Random House, Barnes & Noble Classics and Simon & Schuster. Currently, Deborah resides in Los Angeles, where she maintains her art studio.


Artist Statement

I remember drawing as soon as I could hold a crayon and was fortunate that my family encouraged my love of the arts.  My first sentence was “I See.”  When I was a college junior at Pratt, studying abroad in Florence, Italy, I traveled north on a train, and saw the churches, museums and an exhibition in Vercelli,  commemorating 400 years since the death of Renaissance painter Bernardino Lanino (1512-1583).  I learned about the prolific Lanino Workshop near Milan and of ancestral connections. In my work, I use Renaissance techniques such as chiaroscuro (lights and darks), sfumato (blurring edges) pentimento (painting over), thin transparent layers of glazes and thick impasto. The natural beauty of the west coast influences my palette. Themes from scripture can be found in my work, the goal of which is to uplift and bring positivity to the viewer.



Solo exhibition

"Reimagining: Faith, Hope & Love" Blackfriars Gallery, Berkeley, CA  


"Indistinct Chatter" LA Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
"Smalltime" LA Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

"Turf" LA Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

"Take Flight" GEO Gallery, Burbank, CA

"Spectrum Gestalt" BG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

"Honoring the Feminine" Range Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

"Honoring the Feminine" Beverly Hills Art Show, Beverly Hills, CA

"Ready Go" LA Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

"The Thunder of Meaning" LA Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA


"Shape and Form" Sturt Haaga Gallery, Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge, CA
"A Keen Eye"  The Range Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
“Beloved Planet” The Makery, Los Angeles, CA

“Holiday Show” The Makery , Los Angeles, CA
"The Berkeley Art & Interreligious Pilgrimage Project" Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA
"Generations" Nan Rae Gallery, Burbank, CA
"Storytellers" Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
"Reflections & Projections" The Encino Terrace Gallery, Encino, CA
"Artwork" The Encino Terrace Gallery, Encino, CA
"It Figures" Gain Federal Credit Union, North Hollywood, CA
"Smalltime" LA Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
"Confection" LA Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
"Words on Printed Page" LA Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
"Full Bodied" LA Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
"Aurora" LA Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
"New Baroque" LA Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

Past Exhibits:

The Huntington Art Museum & Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA

ADM Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

California Design College, Los Angeles, CA

UCLA Festival of Books, Los Angeles, CA

The Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles, CA

San Fernando Art Association, Los Angeles, CA 
The Art Institute Gallery, North Hollywood, CA

CSUN Gallery, Northridge, CA

The Acorn Store, Santa Monica, CA

The Montana Library, Santa Monica, CA

Every Picture Tells a Story, Santa Monica, CA

The Beverly Hills Library, Hernando, FL

Mitchell’s Books, Nantucket, MA
The Maria Mitchell Association, Nantucket, MA 
The Atheneum, Nantucket, MA
Rubelle & Norman Schafler Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Puck Gallery, New York, NY

Pratt Gallery, New York, NY

Society of Illustrators, New York, NY
Picot Hall, Albany, NY

College of Saint  Rose, Albany, NY 

SACI Gallery, Florence, Italy
Vango Gallery, Online

Queen Elizabeth II, At Sea, Ocean Liner 


The Museum of Modern Art New York, NY


New York Times

St. Petersburg Times

​Tampa Bay Times
Wine Spectator

UK House & Gardens

Intentfully FIT

​Angels on Earth 

Nursing Magazine

La Maze Publishing 

Golf Journal
Government Executive


Gold UCDA Award.  University and College Design Associates

Silver Medal for the National Case Awards



Cornell Alumni

Pomona College Magazine

Simon & Schuster



Random House


Barnes & Noble Classics


Farrar Strauss & Giroux

Henry Holt

Houghton Mifflin Books


McDougal Littell


California Design College - Faculty

Los Angeles, CA 2005 – 2009
The Art Institute of California-Hollywood - Faculty

Los Angeles, CA 2009 – 2015

​Fremont College - Faculty

Los Angeles,  CA 2011 - 2012
Milken Community Schools-Faculty
Los Angeles, CA 2014-2020


Contemporanea Fine Art Publication New York, NY

New York Association for New Americans New York, NY

Pratt Institute BFA 1986
Argosy University MA 2010
SACI Florence, Italy 1985

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