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Deborah Lanino is an American artist based in Los Angeles whose paintings are, “filled with Renaissance resonances.” - Dr. Kathryn Barusch - Graduate Theological Union 

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

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


Deborah filters classic subject matter through a contemporary lens. A painter with direct ancestral roots to Bernardino Lanino and the prolific Renaissance “Lanino workshop”  near Milan from the 16th century, Deborah has a connection to the art world that imbues her paintings with a unique insight. 


Deborah was born in New York and holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from Pratt Institute and a Master’s Degree from Argosy University. She also studied art abroad at SACI in Florence, Italy.

Early in her career, Deborah spent over a decade in New York illustrating picture books from her apartment in Chelsea (her first was the Christmas classic, “The Littlest Angel”). She also illustrated posters for the theater, magazine covers, and book jackets. 


In Los Angeles she taught college art for over 10 years while exhibiting in galleries and museums throughout New York, California, Massachusetts and Florida. Her first solo exhibit: “Reimagining: Faith, Hope and Love  will be in the Fall of 2024 at the Blackfriars Gallery in Berkeley, CA.

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.  In my work, I use Renaissance techniques such as chiaroscuro (lights and darks), sfumato (blurring edges) pentimento (painting over), layers of glazes and  impasto (thickly applied paint). Some of my works have symbolic and metaphorical elements and other works, like the Greek Cross, are abstract yet contain meditative and transcendent tones through light, color and design. Color fascinates me. The natural beauty of the west coast influences my palette. Themes of Faith, Hope and Love 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

"Take Flight" GEO Gallery, Burbank, CA

"Spectrum" BG Gallery, Santa Monica, 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 Library & Art Collection, 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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