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New York City Department of Cultural Affairs | The Scherman Foundation for its generous and continuing support | New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature | The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation | The Charles Locke Art Fund | The Jockey Hollow Foundation |  Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation | Friends and MGC members who have made donations to the Center


Our programs are supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Liz Marraffino: Transformations

Artist's Statement

This show reflects the recent transformation in my approach to printmaking through an examination of the metamorphosis in the lives of the animals who inhabit the earth. Endangered fish, birds, and mammals—who are impacted by the furious, relentless pace of climate change—are my primary subject. I am inspired by animal imagery from cave art, as well as extinct creatures, such as dinosaurs, which were eliminated by a climate crisis eons ago.


My process often starts with an etching as a substrate over which I print many layers: monotype, paper litho, collage, and/or collagraph.  Through this process the underlying etched image is transformed into something “other.”  Recently I have also incorporated sewn elements, embroidering on the print to accentuate linear aspects of the composition. It also adds a delicate three-dimensional aspect to the work. 


I would like to thank MGC instructors Vijay Kumar, David Thomas, Nandini Chirimar, and Robin Dintiman who provided help, inspiration, and support during my recent artistic transformation.

Artist's Biography

After studying painting with the late Allen Hart, I discovered Joseph Osina’s monotype class at MGC. He encouraged me to join Vijay Kumar etching class and I was immediately hooked. When I lost my own studio in 2014, Manhattan Graphics became my art home.  I treasure its amazingly supportive and inspiring community of fellow artists. I have shown my work in numerous spaces in New York.  In addition to various group exhibitions at MGC, I have had solo shows at the Gallery at the Philip Coltoff Center, the New York Theological Seminary, and the Broome Street Gallery. My work has also been exhibited at The Elsa Mott Ives Gallery, The Cabrini Gallery in Dobbs Ferry, Barnes and Noble at Citicorp and the Multi-Media Arts Gallery. My prints and paintings are in private collections in France, Great Britain, and Italy, as well as in the United States. I currently teach monotype at MGC as well as painting at the JCC Manhattan.



It's In the Cards

An MGC Group Show


Suspended until further notice


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