Elizabeth Manfredi’s paintings are concerned with the play of light in landscape and the fleeting quality of atmosphere interpreted through shapes and value shifts. Most work was done on location and reflects her interest in travel and her observation of the spirit of the places she visited.
Elizabeth Manfredi was born in Chicago, Illinois. She completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications at the Bauhaus influenced Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. For the next seven years, she worked as a graphic designer and art director in Chicago and Minneapolis. In 1982, she began traveling in Europe and Mexico. Her studies included six months at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris, two and a half years at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Lacoste, France, as teaching assistant and student, and a Master’s degree in painting from the Villa Schifanoia, Dominican University in Florence, Italy. She was awarded a fellowship and completed a second master’s degree in Renaissance Art History at Syracuse University in Florence, Italy.
Manfredi had one-person and group exhibitions at the British Institute in Florence, The Musee Ad Zak in Paris, the Galerie St. Nikolaus in Stockholm, Sweden and La Galerie la Table Ronde in Loudeac, Brittany France. In Tucson, she exhibited in the Museum Shop Gallery at the Tohono Chul Botanical Garden, Rancho Linda Vista Gallery, the Blue Raven Gallery and Agua Caliente Park. In the Midwest, gallery exhibitions included the Elan Gallery in Bismark, ND, the William Bonifas Art Center in Escanaba, Michigan and the Wright Museum of Art in Beloit Wisconsin. In the Twin Cities she exhibited at the Minnesota State Fair, the Minnetonka Art Center, The Burnsville Area Society for the Arts, the Century College Art Gallery, the Wilcox Gallery, Gallery 360, the Groveland Gallery, the Art Preserve and ArtReach St. Croix. She was a member of the Lakes Area Pastel Society in Minnesota and the Tucson Pastel Society.
Elizabeth retired from higher education art faculty positions and worked full time in her studios in Arizona and Minnesota prior to her death in 2015.