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Akron Art Library - Odom Boulevard Collection

John Sokol - THIS IS READ - 1972

Maria Alajandra Zanetta, Detour - Mixed media on paper

About the Artist

Maria Alejandra Zanetta
Argentinian, born 1961, Buenos Aires, Argentina;
Lives in Akron, Ohio

Experimenting with the interplay of texture and color, Alejandra Zanetta creates bold and dynamic collages cut from linoleum block prints.  Although trained as a painter, Zanetta has always been drawn to printmaking. One of the qualities of printmaking that attracts her most is that it maintains an element of unpredictability from start to finish. Much like the uncertainty of printmaking, the title of this work points to the many detours we face in life and the multitude of opportunities that come with them.

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, she moved to the United States to pursue interdisciplinary studies and the relationship between painting and literature. Zanetta currently teaches a wide range of courses in Hispanic literature, language and culture at the University of Akron. Her artwork can be found in a variety of public and private collections, including the Ohio State University, the University of Akron and the Ortega y Gasset Foundation in Toledo, Spain.

If you like Detour, check out Maria Alejandra Zanetta’s collage Vino (2017) from Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Library. To view more artwork by Maria Zanetta, visit the Brandt-Roberts Galleries in Columbus or the Harris Stanton Gallery in Akron and Cleveland.