Born in 1966, lives and works in Salt Lake City.
Lenzi’s performance art work employs live action with painted images and often includes audience participation. Lenzi examines troubling current affairs such as war, anger, mental illness and the economy. She uses satire, athletic endeavors, meditation, various personae, painted images and symbolic materials to explore her content. Lenzi often draws from her personal experience, frequently referencing feminism, sexism, religious bigotry and her Utah upbringing.
Lenzi’s paintings and drawings are increasingly abstract in nature and are driven by strict self-imposed rules, turning them into “reclusive performances,” with color, mark making and collage being among her favorite tools. Her paintings and drawings address issues of war, economics and health care. Lenzi’s large-scale works take on an athletic physicality, while her small-scale works project an intentional meditative quality.
Kristina Lenzi is an adjunct professor of drawing at the University of Utah and an adjunct professor of drawing, collage, performance art and color theory at Weber State University. Lenzi has presented her works in festivals and venues across the United States, including the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mobius in Boston, Waterloo Center for the Arts in Iowa, Performance Studies International at Brown University and New York University. Lenzi has acquired an international reputation with a performance in Warsaw, Poland. Lenzi is a 2008 Tanne Foundation Award recipient for her work in performance art. Lenzi holds a BFA degree in drawing and painting from the University of Utah and a MFA degree from Tufts University.