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Lance Rautzhan (born. 1974 in Pottsville, PA) is a multidisciplinary artist whose primary practice is painting. He studied Social Theory and Philosophy at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is presently pursuing a master’s degree in Art Education at Penn State. He moved to Long Island City, Queens in 1997 to study acting and make small works on paper. In 1999, Rautzhan took a large studio in Baltimore, MD where he would go on to cultivate his body of work and exhibit extensively for 6 years. In 2006, Rautzhan moved his studio to Bushwick, Brooklyn. He would continue to work in Brooklyn until conceding to gentrification in 2014. Rautzhan has exhibited with Freight&Volume (NY), Arts&Leisure (NY), Present Co. (BK), DNA Gallery (Provincetown), Newark Museum of Art (NJ) and Spacecamp (Baltimore) to name a few. His work has been collected and published internationally. In 2013, 2017 and 2018, he was chosen for and completed a residency with DNA Gallery in Provincetown, MA. His aesthetic influences include animation of the 1960’s through the 1980’s, avant-garde film, and Brian Eno. He values slow burning substance as a hallmark of intelligence in art. Currently, he works in a large barn in the Appalachian Mountains of rural Eastern Pennsylvania.
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