Renee Magnanti received her BFA in Fine Arts from SUNY at Buffalo and her MFA from Tulane University. She lives and works in New York City and has shown her work there, in the US, Europe (including Germany, Greece, Bulgaria), and Asia (including China and Korea), in museums, universities and private galleries. She is the recipient of several awards and grants including the Rumsey Traveling Fellowship from SUNY Buffalo, The Creative Artists Program grant from the New York State Council on the Arts and a Textile Society of America conference scholarship for Textiles Close Up: Indonesia at the Yale University Art Gallery.
Her current work in encaustic, prints and print weaving is inspired by world textiles and often incorporates text in the image. She is known for her singular technique of carving in encaustic as well as her distinctive approach for combining prints with weaving. Her work is in the collections of the Amarillo Museum of Art; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art; Cornell University; National Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria; Sanbao Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China; SUNY Buffalo, and many private collections.