Lania D'Agostino (b. 1957) grew up in Michigan, and is an American artist based in Baltimore, MD after moving there in the 1980's to study at The Maryland Institute College of Art from which she received a BFA (1985).
She is an avid (some would say obsessed) maker of things. Some of these creations begin with direction from an emotionally charged connection to a social issue and others are creations that evolve from a direct flow from her inner spiritual self. This intuitional direction shows mostly in her drawings and paintings as she creates figurative works of child like images with jackrabbits, toys and large eyed children. These all seem to have an underlying feeling of an emotionally charged world of the knowing of the unknown.
In her spare time D’Agostino runs her company D’Agostino Studios LLC where she designs and build life cast figures and custom mannequins for the museum and film industry. In her personal studio there is the ongoing castings of transgender communities, homeless youth in Baltimore and figurative pieces concerning climate change. These installations have been shown in solo and group shows and she hopes to bring awareness and acceptance of all these issues with this work. Her creations share their stories through wide-eyes and surprising colors, transporting viewers to a place of contrasting emotions.
Lania has been recognized as a Sondheim Semi- Finalist (Myerhoff Gallery) and has received the Gutierrez Memorial Legacy Grant as well as the Maryland State Arts Council. Her work has been on display at School 33 Art Center, Gallery 788, ArtScape, Area 405 Gallery, Max Gallery, Gallery 1448, Minas Gallery, Villa Julie College Gallery, Manhattan Arts International, Maryland Art Place, Creative Alliance, and Y Art Gallery among several other creative spaces.
Lania lives and works at her studio space in Federal Hill with her partner and her 2 cats.
(Photo courtesy of Roy Furchgott photography - cropped)