Visual Arts

Artists Seen: Mark Lavatelli

by / Mar. 2, 2016 3am EST

Mark Lavatelli is a painter, educator, and writer. He earned an AB in art history from Cornell in 1970, an MA in art history from the University of Illinois in 1973, and an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of New Mexico in 1979. As a painter, his primary subject matter has long been trees and their branches, and his chosen medium is the ancient beeswax technique called encaustic. Lavatelli’s work has won him numerous awards, grants, residencies, and commissions. He has also had solo and group exhibitions throughout the US since the 1980s. Lavatelli taught at a number of universities before relocating to Buffalo for a position as professor of humanities at Medaille College in 1988. For more information, visit

Artists Seen: Photographs of Artists in the 21st Century is an ongoing project by photographer David Moog in partnership with the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State. Moog has set out to make portraits of every self-identified working artist and arts professional in Western New York. To be included in the project, call David Moog directly at 716-472-6721 or contact the center at 716-878-4131. Artists working in all media are welcome; visit for more information.