Born: Iowa City, Iowa, United States of America
B.F.A. University of Iowa, 1979; M. A. University of Iowa, 1983; M.F.A. University of Iowa, 1984
In 2008 Stewart Oksenhorn wrote: Tomás Lasansky was born into a privileged position in the art world. The members of the Lasansky family who are prominent in the arts only begin with his father, the Argentinean-born Mauricio Lasansky, who is considered one of the fathers of American printmaking. Originally his biography did not indicate that there was any connection to Western New York, but we have just learned that he studied in Alfred, New York; therefore, we recommend changing this from an unrestricted gift to the collection. Here is the quote that changed our minds:
“By the time he turned eighteen, Tomás had established his own studio at a different site [from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where his brother William had a studio], where he worked while an undergraduate and graduate student. He also undertook intensive study in clay during these years at Alfred University in New York.”—Charles R. Loving, “Tomás Lasansky,” Mauricio and Tomás Lasansky: Father and Son. (Notre Dame, Indiana: Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, 2014): 12. This book was produced in connection with the exhibition Mauricio and Tomás Lasansky: Father and Son, Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana January 18-March 15, 2015.