Tomás Lasansky

Tomas in studio

Tomás Lasansky was born into a privileged position in the art world. The members of the Lasansky family who are prominent in the arts only begin with his father, the Argentinean-born Mauricio Lasansky, who is considered one of the fathers of American printmaking.

The 50-year-old Tomás counts uncles and great-uncles on his mother’s side who were noted painters and sculptors, and five siblings who range from sculptors to arts professors to dancers. His paternal grandfather was not an artist, exactly — but he was so masterful as an engraver that the U.S. government brought him from his native Lithuania to Philadelphia, to print currency.

“Growing up was fabulous,” said Lasansky . “We had this old Victorian house and everyone used it as a studio. I had a basement full of anything I wanted — pottery, wax, steel, prints. I used to hold classes for the neighborhood kids.”

“I have more ideas than I have time to do them. I’m always trying to come up with different ways to do things,” said Lasansky, whose one boundary — so far — has been to stay in the field of representational work.

It was another example of Lasansky’s unique perspective on making art.

“Being youngest helps,” he said. “You get to see everyone else’s mistakes.”