Dara Lorenzo was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1983. She attended West Virginia University for Painting, 2001-2004 and received her B.S in Printmaking from Towson University in 2008. She has an MFA in Printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute. Dara’s work explores the claiming of spaces, through treading and marking also the layering of memories through photographic printmaking processes, also the importance of narrative in our lives. With a focus on the expressive forms found in carving, writing, construction and deconstruction, her work discovers the way we inhabit places and change them to suit our personalities and daily lives. Some of her photography projects involve collaborating with strangers who interact with places in a unique way. She develops her photo- etching compositions through a photo-intaglio print process, combining painting and printmaking processes on the plates. Dara’s work is being exhibited nationally and abroad. Her last solo exhibition was in New York City, NY at The Sensei Gallery in Manhattan. Her prints are one of a kind monotypes with multiple printmaking/painting process.
Dara currently lives in Oakland, California and is the Art Instructor at Cox Academy in Oakland as well as holds an Artist In Residence at The Compound Gallery and respectively taught printmaking at Towson University, Baltimore, Maryland. She has also taught printmaking at Maryland Institute College of Art for their Extension Program in the Summer 2013. She taught Photo-etching Workshops in Austin, TX at Flatbed Press, as well as in Washington D.C at Pyramid Atlantic Press and currently teaches workshops in Photo-etching, Collagraph and Monotype Process at Myrtle Press in Sacramento, California, and Collagraph /Photo-etching Process at Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California.