Lauren Mantecón has exhibited her work extensively across the Western United States, as well as in New York and Mexico. Since relocating to Santa Fe in 2013, she has taught at the University of Art and Design and at Santa Fe Community College. Earlier, she was a professor of art at the University of Portland, Portland, Oregon.
Lauren has been teaching workshops on the "Alchemy of Art/ Mixed Media and Painting" which include unconventional processes in art centers across the country for over twenty years and currently works and teaches from her large light filled studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Lauren is currently represented by Friesen Gallery in Ketchum, Idaho,Muse Gallery in Hilton Head South Carolina and Columbus, Ohio and Imogen Gallery in Astoria, Oregon. She has been awarded many art fellowships across the country, including the Djerassi Resident Art Program, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico.
Lauren spent her childhood moving between the East and West Coasts, negotiating the terrain of identity and place in the middle. After settling in Southern California as a young adult, she earned her BA in conceptual photography from California State Fullerton, where she was deeply influenced by the work of Cindy Sherman and Lorna Simpson, who worked in self/cultural photo documentation.
In her late twenties, after earning her MFA from Portland State University, she began to deepen her focus on transcendence and beauty, leading to a visual practice anchored in navigating the crossing points between the material world and the atmosphere of spirit.