Margaret Fitzgerald


Margaret Holman Fitzgerald was born in London, England.  She grew up in Japan and the United States.  She studied fine art and art history in New York City at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League. She also studied at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and received a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of New Mexico.

She currently resides and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She has traveled extensively in Europe, Mexico and South America finding inspiration for her work in the art, architecture and urban fabric of these places.  Recently she has been exploring the relationship of the human body and other living creatures to the natural world, the environmental crisis and the hope for the future.

Margaret's paintings have been featured in solo shows in New York City, San Francisco and New Mexico.  Her work is in private and corporate collections across the United States, Japan and Macao.  She is currently represented by Lewallen Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art in Laguna Beach, California, and Chandler Fine Arts gallery, San Francisco, California



Painting is an exploration into the unknown. Its is a process of revealing the underbelly of existence, the part of life that is felt but unseen.

My inspiration comes from the natural world. I am exploring the strength and vulnerability of nature, man's impact on the natural world and the hope for its endurance.

I begin each painting with a collection of imagery and ideas. I hold in my mind vague ideas of things that I have seen or heard that inspire and motivate me to begin painting. The painting process then travels away from and back to these original intentions. With each layer of paint, remnants remain of what is underneath leaving threads of past colors and forms, creating a history. After working and reworking the surface and forms of a painting it arrives at a place that is no longer literal or predictable. A painting is finished when I don't fully understand it, when it resides in between words and logic.

My paintings are large in scale. The surfaces are worked and reworked with attention to detail while remaining raw and unrefined. The shapes are bold, moving forms juxtaposed with an intricate, scraped and tooled surface, The forms in the paintings are figurative but not literal. They are suggestions of animate and inanimate forms but remain abstract.

I am interested in microscopic life forms that are the foundation of what we see. I want to show the unseen, cellular structure of life against bold visible forms. I am searching, scraping and layering to get at the potential of life. I am searching for the place that is unspoken but known and the place that resides in our hearts and is felt but remains intangible. Painting encompasses all that is and was. It is an elusive pursuit that is forever challenging and engaging. I paint because I am drawn back to the studio each day to put down a visceral feeling that is tugging at me.



1992    Graduate Studies in Art Education, Univ. of NM, ALBQ,NM

1990    Post BA in Art Education, Univ. of NM, ALBQ,NM

1980    BA Fine Arts, Univ. of NM, ALBQ, NM

1984    Arts Students League, New York City

1978    School of Visual Arts, New York City

1976    Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


Selected Exhibitions

2014 Circa Gallery, Minneapolis, Minn.

2014 Ross Art Museum, "New Work, New Mexico" Ohio Wesleyan University

2013    Lewallen Galleries, Scottsdale AZ, "Rising Stars" a group show

2013  Solo Show, Chandler Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012  Solo Show, Lewallen Contemporary Art, fall group show at Railyard,     Santa Fe, NM

2012  Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach , CA

2012  Albuquerque Museum "Miniatures" juried exhibition, ALBQ, NM

2012  Solo Show "Natura" Lewallen Galleries, Santa Fe, NM

2012  House of Figs, Group show, Exhibit 208 , ALBQ, NM

2012  "New Mexico Showcase" juried group show by Peter Frank, 516 Arts,    ALBQ ,NM

2011   Solo Show, "Duende" Heidi Cho Gallery, NYC

2010   Solo Show “Desaparecer”, LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2010   “A Prayer for Juarez” Gallery 1022, ALBQ, NM

2009   Solo Show, Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA.

2008    Solo Show, Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA.

2008   “Cradle Project”, ALBQ.  NM

2008   “Giving Shelter” invitational, 516 Arts, ALBQ. NM

2007    AAF Art Fair, New York, NY

2007   “Paradox” LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2006    Solo Show, Exhibit 208, ALBQ, NM

2005    Solo show, Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA.

2005    Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.

2005    LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2005    American Embassy, Vatican City, Italy

2004    Amarillo Museum of Art, invitational, Amarillo, TX

2004    Thomas Ingerick Gallery, Aspen, CO.

2004    Chandler Fine Art, Solo Show, San Francisco, CA.

2003    LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2003    Magnifico Gallery, invitational, Albuquerque, NM

2002    Solo Show, Lewallen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2001   Solo Show, Museum West Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

2000   Solo Show Coleman Gallery, ALBQ, NM

2000   Occasions by Design Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

1999   The Gallery Building Gallery, Waterloo IA

1997    Museum of Fine Art, National Juried exhibition, Helena, MO.

1995    Magnifico Gallery, Juried exhibition, ALBQ, NM



Private collections throughout the United States and in Tokyo, Japan

Venetian Hotels in Las Vegas and Macao,China



2013    San Francisco Chronicle, show at Chandler Fine Art is reviewed by      Kenneth Baker

2012    House and Gardens Aug, 20

2012    Luxe. interiors and Design summer issue

2012    IQ Magazine interview

2012  catalogue "NM Show Case" juried show by Peter Frank ALBQ, NM

2010    Santa Fe Reporter, Santa Fe, NM

2005    Catalogue, "Arts in Embassies" show, Vatican City

2005    The Magazine, Santa Fe, NM

2004    West Coast Gallery Guide, San Francisco, CA

2003    The Collectors Guide, Santa Fe, NM

2001    West Coast Gallery Guide, San Francisco , CA

2000    The Santa Fean, Santa Fe, NM