Janet Abramowicz studied with Giorgio Morandi at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna. She remained there after her graduation and worked as Morandi's teaching assistant at the Accademia. Many years later a Fulbright allowed her to spend several years working in Kyoto and Tokyo and studying papermaking and conservation. Returning again to Italy, this time to Rome, she began a collaboration with Antonio Sannino, the Master Printer at the Isituto Nazionale per la Grafica. It was with Sannino that she experimented with different resins for aquatints, printing on layers of handmade Italian and Japanese papers on multiple etching plates with colored inks. With the addition of pastel and charcoal, cutting and pasting print over print she created a a series of unique intaglio prints, drawings, and three dimensional works constructed from these etchings.
Represented in more than 14 museums collections in Italy, Japan and the United States. Janet Abramowicz has held solo exhibitions in Milan, Florence, Tokyo, and New York City and in Rome and has participated in numerous national and international group exhibitions. She has published articles on contemporary art and written extensively on Giorgio Morandi. Her articles include essays for the retrospectives on Morandi at the the Isituto Nazionale per la Grafica in Rome and the Metropolitan Museum. Her book Giorgio Morandi: The Art of Silence, (published by Yale University Press) is in its second printing and has been translated into Japanese and published in Tokyo; the Italian publication by the Istituto Centrale per La Grafica is scheduled for 2015.
She has been the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Fulbright Commission, the Japan and the Guggenheim Foundations, the Rockefeller Belaggio Center and The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. She is an elected member ad honorem of the Accademia Clementina in Bologna and has lectured in many art schools, museums and public forums. Born in Manhattan, where she now lives, Janet Abramowicz has also lived in Cambridge where she taught in the fine arts department at Harvard University for twenty years.