Marc Travanti

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BornApril 25, 1956
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin
OccupationContemporary Artist

Marc Travanti (born April 25, 1956) is an American contemporary artist who lives and works in New York and Wisconsin.


Marc Travanti (born April 25, 1956) is an American contemporary artist. His practice spans a broad range of media including painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography and video..[1]

He was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He received a BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and an MFA from the University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder. In the early 1980s, he was part of New York City’s emerging art scene in the East Village, Manhattan. He currently lives and works in New York and Wisconsin.


Travanti’s art subscribes to the tenets of postmodernism which opposes both certainty and the stability of meaning. He uses sensuality and ambiguity to deal with divergent conditions in contemporary life. Much of his work exposes connections in dissimilar subjects such as cell towers and early 20th century American sculpture; African masks and corporate logos; naked human bodies and stock market charts; and portraits of the living with renowned portraits from the distant past[2]. His art has both abstract and associative connotations. He arranges shapes and forms in rhythmical passages[3], with much attention paid to edge and direction[4]. Emblematic or totemic compositions are often used, particularly in his sculptural wall work[5] . His art has been described as “modern artifacts; a combination of primal elements of simple organic shapes with a modern sensibility”[6]. It has also been called perversely playful[7]. . His video work features cross-dissolves of his photographs and photocollages. His video entitled Entanglement[8], “shows male and female figures twined around each other in ways that evoke tantric sex, wrestling, and the incarnations of Hindu deities"[9]


Travanti’s art has been exhibited throughout New York City in galleries including New Museum, The John Davis Gallery, The Jack Tilton Gallery , and Nurture Art. In the Midwest, he has had solo exhibitions at The Kenosha Public Museum in his hometown of Kenosha, WI, and RAM’s Racine Art Museum in Racine WI.


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  2. Fellowship, Artist. "Marc Travanti". Racine Art Museum. Racine Art Museum. Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  3. Cohen, Ronny. "Marc Travanti at John Davis Gallery". Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  4. Shugaar, Anthony (1 March 1983). "Living in Synthesis". Attenzione Magazine.
  5. Brendan, Michael (24 February 199). "Sculptors Using the Wall as Venue and Inspiration". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  6. Elmore, John (28 February 1989). "Of Primal Importance: Travanti's modern artifacts". The Vermont Cynic.
  7. Decter, Joshua. "Fluxattitudes, at New Museum of Contemporary Art". Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  8. Cotter, Holland (23 October 1992). "Review/Art; Three Shows Celebrate the Spirit of Fluxus". New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  9. Neyenesch, Cassandra. "Enantiomorphic Chamber". The Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved 23 April 2008.

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