Lara Alcántara Lansberg was born in Venezuela and has been living and working in New York City since 1999.
Her multi-disciplinary practice includes photography, video, performance, installation and writing.
With a strong focus on conceptual photography, predominantly staged self-portraits, her work presents narratives that challenge the status quo of the quotidien, exposing layers of complexity seemingly invisible to the eye. Her language explores dichotomies of the optimistic and the cynical, the comedic and the pensive, the forbidden and the compliant, the absurd and the spiritual.
Through her installations and performance works, Alcántara is able to engage with the audience herself, blurring the lines of the intimate and the public.
During the pandemic Alcántara’s work went viral online, giving her career a pivotal push. As she was locked up without access to studios, staff and lighting teams, she resorted to photography as a way to release her own uncertainties, fears and anxieties caused by the pandemic, resulting in an unprecedented public response as everyone could relate to these universal themes.
Alcántara completed a Bachelor in Arts at Bard College and NYU, and a Master of Fine Arts from Bard College/ICP. During her studies, she had the privilege of learning directly from masters like Stephen Shore and Cindy Sherman. She also worked with photographers like Andres Serrano, and as assistant photo director at Conde Nast. Alcántara has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Julia Margaret Calderon Gala Award for her Self Portrait Series in 2022 and BIFA in 2021. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including solo shows in New York, Miami, and Spain. She has worked with Nohra Haime (NYC, Chelsea area), Art N Folly (Miami) and Tata Fernandez, among others.
Her work is in the collections of personalities like Patricia Beracasa in France, MoMa’s Terry Riley and Phyllis Tuchman.
Lara Alcántara Lansberg is also a mother of two. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches a Master Class guiding her students to unlock their creativity within the frame of photography.