The Artist

Sharon Maney LoManto Contemporary Artist Modesto, CA

Education

Graduate Studies

  • University of Texas at Dallas (one year) James Baker, Photography
  • Kazuya Saki, Painting, Dallas TX
  • Painting, ceramics, London

Undergraduate Studies

  • University of Southern Colorado
  • Pierce College, Craig Antrim
  • California State University,Northridge, Bruce Everett
  • University of Texas, Dallas (Bachelor of Arts)

Curator Statement

Sharon Maney LoManto’s work is an engagement with form, process and material.  Her newest work, created in metal, spans distinctions between two-dimensional paintings versus minimal sculpture.  It commands attention with its square or rectangular panels made of light -gauge steel. Much like auto design in the late-twentieth century, LoManto’s panel surfaces are emotionally cool, stable and conceptually spare.  They gleam and absorb light. Their solidity derives not just from the masculinity of the material, but from the blunt contrasts of the Asian-inspired colors, which happen to figure among the shades most favored by Americans for the vehicles: red, black, silver and champagne.

These panels, not unlike contemporary cars, offer monochromatic, minimal sculptures, molded with clean lines and polished to the glossy sheen that has always made the vehicle sexy. It simply appeals to the primitive brain to enjoy shiny things. This mutual dependence ruminated in the artist’s mind many years since residing in the South land, until she decided to take on steel — a sturdy industrial weightiness that nonetheless makes one want to touch, stroke and sometimes even lick it surface.

LoManto has sought in her own art to strip concepts to their essence and to use materials as message.  Here, she does so in composing broad visual koans. Archetypal forms become equivalent to verbal Zen paradox. The ‘paintings’ are just as much impenetrable matter as they are a portal in which the viewer is permitted to gaze into the boundless nature of light, flaunted by a reflective surface.

Furthermore, LoManto’s affinity for the grid, a device privileged by artists for the expansive yet orderly plane it provides, is also evident in much of her ongoing production.  Often it has served as the tool by which she has most broadly communicated emotional and spiritual concepts.  While her recent paintings in acrylic on canvas aimed to capture the power, infinite reach, and sublime beauty of nature, the artist’s “wind-whipped” strokes always related to this underlying structure. She used color, as in these newest panels, to express meaning. Here, bold reds and black touch upon her interest in Asian art and culture while the silvery tones of her previous paintings conveyed the essence of Monterey’s weather.

LoManto’s has faced many challenges as an artist over the past decade, some professional and other personal. Tough realities aside, LoManto today is actively painting, sculpting, and making photographs, using her Carmel home as studio.

Diana L. Daniels

Assistant Curator

Crocker Art Museum

Exhibitions

Current Exhibition

  • Deva Cafe – 1202 J St. , Modesto, CA

Other Exhibitions

  • Carnegie Museum, Turlock, CA
  • Sotheby’s International, Carmel, CA
  • Marjorie Evans Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • McHenry Museum, Modesto, CA
  • Kimball Art Center, Featured Artists, Park City, UT – Solo show
  • Crocker Museum of Art Acquisition, Sacramento, CA – gift of George Blair
  • Art Lover’s Auction, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
  • Monterey Museum of Art,

Francine Ellman, Los Angeles, CA

  • The Evocation and Emergence of Psyche: Century Gallery, Silmar, CA
  • “AEA” – Brand Library Gallery,
    Glendale, CA
  • Warner Center Gallery, Woodland Hills, CA
  • Gorky’s, Los Angeles, CA
  • Federal Building at 1100 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
  • SPARC Art Walk, AEA – Venice, CA
  • The Annex, Los Angeles, CA
  • Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA
  • “Doors and Windows” University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Invitational
  • University Savings, Dallas, TX
  • 500 Exhibition, Dallas, TX
  • Los Angeles Pierce College,
    Woodland Hills, CA
  • D’Antonio and Associates, Beverly Hills, CA

Miniatures Show, Monterey, CA

  • Artists Equity Studio, Monterey, CA
  • Seaside City Hall, Seaside, CA
  • Rachel Lozzi Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Solo show, Sunset Center, Carmel, CA Titus Gallery, Carmel, CA
  • Monterey Art Foundation, Carmel, CA
  • “Almost Black and White,” Installations 1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • “Portraits,” Installations 1 Gallery,
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Venice Art Walk, Venice, CA
  • “Catch a Rising Artist” Art Auction and Exhibition – Los Angeles Arts Council
  • “Taking Liberties” Loyola Law School, Women’s Caucus for Art, Anne Ayres,
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Art Source L.A. Gallery

Collections (Partial)

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kapp, Pacific Grove, CA
Ms. Georgianne Slaby, Hamburg, NJ
Vteck, Santa Monica, CA
Silver Saddle Properties Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Albert Checci, Los Angeles, CA
Barbara Keiser, Little Rock, AS
Pauline Hudel, Dallas, TX
Patty Isham, Sacramento, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Jacobson, Los Angeles, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Ron Hawkins, Upper St. Clair, PA
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Manasco, Chatsworth, CA

Professional Organizations

Monterey History and Art Board Member
Fresno Museum of Art Board Member
Monterey Museum of Art Docent & Board Member
Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation – Board Member and Gallery founder
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
Women’s Caucus for the Arts (Fund Raiser)
Sculpture Walk (Century City), Art Auction “Catch a Rising Artist”
Los Angeles Arts Council (Director’s Board)
Artist Equity Association, Inc., Los Angeles Chapter, President

Programs

American Association of University Women, San Fernando Valley Branch
Transformations, April Riddle Gallery