Los Angeles-based artist Rachel Lachowicz, was born in San Francisco, CA in 1964. She received a BA from California Institute of the Arts. Her professional history covers 20 years of conceptual art making, including work found in the collections of the Denver Art Museum, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum Moderner Kunst, Palais Lichtenstein in Vienna, the Orange County Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, along with work exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions.
Rachel is known for turning her witty eye on the masculine-centric world of Modernism and for making radical incursions into the canon of art history by reconfiguring famous works. She falls under a multitude of headings: feminist, appropriationist, post minimalist, conceptual artist, and conceptual sculptor.
The term “Lipstick Feminist,” grew out of an 80’s-90’s philosophy but more specifically the art world came to use that term to refer to the work of Rachel Lachowicz, and less than a handful of others. She explores the relationship of identity and the politics of mark making, predominately through the use of cosmetics. Lachowicz makes both discreet objects and large-scale installations. Her work is visually lush, at times sexually provocative, with a deliberate repurposing of meaning.
Rachel has 15 years of teaching experience on the graduate level. Her lecture résumé is extensive. She currently is a Santa Monica Arts Commissioner, serves on the Santa Monica Public Art Committee, and in 2003 she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.