Maria Alejandra Zanetta

Maria Alejandra Zanetta was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied Fine Arts at the National School for the Arts. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, she moved to the United States to pursue interdisciplinary studies and the relationship between painting and literature. After receiving her doctorate in comparative literature and art at the Ohio State University, she joined the University of Akron, where she currently teaches a wide range of courses in Hispanic literature, language and culture.  

Her artwork is held by public and private collectors in the United States, South America and Europe, among them The Ohio State University, The University of Akron and the Ortega y Gasset Foundation, Toledo, Spain. She was also the featured artist to design the First Night Akron 15th Anniversary Button in 2011.  She is represented by the Brandt-Roberts Galleries in Columbus and by the Harris Stanton Gallery in Akron and Cleveland.

Alejandra has always been very interested in experimenting with different textures and mediums. They reflect her fascination and love of color and the interplay of texture and color as the fundamental building blocks of her art. Her latest artwork is the result of her recent focus on printmaking and collage.  Although trained as a painter, Alejandra was always very attracted to printmaking, especially woodcuts and linoleum cuts. Her appreciation for printmaking is deeply rooted in the processes involved with creating and printing a matrix as well as the intrinsic qualities of the print itself.  In the past three years she has been exploring the creative options related to printmaking and combining them with her interest in texture and color. One of the qualities of printmaking that attracts her most is that it maintains an element of unpredictability from start to finish. Each print has its own personality and uniqueness, not only because of the printing process in itself but because each print is developed in conjunction with a collage that gives it its distinct characteristics. The end result is a print that is bold, dynamic and unique.