26th June – 31st July 2021


MONTI8 is delighted to announce “Lanise Howard – Chameleon“, first solo show at the gallery. Chemeleon starts a new project of MONTI8 called VISTA,  born to host special exhibitions, which will enrich the gallery programme.
Lanise Howard’s practice focuses on spirituality censorship and assimilation as well as hidden or marginal stories expressed through a mixture of realistic and ditigital style. The core of her research, is still based on her experience as a woman of color in today’s society.
She chooses to paint black bodies in appearently sacred locations, always related with a luxurious flora, to investigate her roots. Her ancestors’ approach to nature before slavery, in fact, was buildt on a strong and deep respect for earth, sun and stars, and they actually used to worship these natural elements.
Her portraits and allegorical representations have a strong narrative structure, mainly based on contemporary climate. Paintings represent the way Howard creates a medidative space and an alternative reality. As an African American woman, she aims to re-write history, trying to change the ones who constitute the main characters of it, according to traditional canons.
The juxtaposition of digital and analogous languages are meant to highlight this process of re-writing new narrative which Howard sets in a non-defined time, between present and past. For this reason, the coexistence of pixels, or digital distortions, and realistic bodies gains a significative value, highlighting this critical rework on history.
Lanise Howard (b.1993, Southern California, US), is an African American figurative artist, currently based in Los Angeles, US. After the graduation at the Los Angeles City College, Howard achieved in 2020 the BFA from the Otis College of Arts and Design. She has been selected as an Axa Art Prize finalist, in 2019.


26th June – 31st July 2021

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Oracle, 2021

Oil on canvas

cm 152,4×130

Makidada, 2021

Oil on canvas

cm 152,4×130

Procession: the Act of Guiding, 2021

Oil on canvas

cm 61×50

Coronal Bloom, 2021

Oil on canvas

cm 36,50×46,70

India, 2021

Oil on canvas

cm 45,70×36,60

The Covered One, 2021

Oil on canvas

cm 71×56