Printmaker Charles Lahti has been a creative force within New York's art community for more than three decades. He first studied with Mary Abbott in Minnesota, then relocated to New York in 1977 to pursue a career in the visual arts, acting first as a printer at Styria Studios. From there he went on to work with some of the giants of postwar American art, including Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Judd, Andy Warhol, and LeRoy Neiman.
Throughout his career, Lahti has emphasized and gravitated towards collaboration and experimentation. Always captivated by the nexus of art and community, he was at the forefront of a number of nascent creative mediums, including performance, graffiti and multimedia art. His studios, first on the Lower East Side and then in Bushwick, have long been centers for learning and development for several generations of printmakers. His works have regularly exhibited in the United States and with collectors around the globe.