Elizabeth Butto (B. 1999) is a visual artist, writer, filmmaker, and musician living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, and grew up with a tight-knit Italian-American family that supported and fostered her artistic career. She attended after-school, weekly art lessons from ages eight to sixteen, was an active member of the Art Club at her high school, and participated in many county and regional art shows and contests. She has always found comfort in expressing her thoughts through art, and has been drawn to painting in particular since she first painted in acrylics at her weekly art lessons. Though she is also interested in working with various materials for more sculptural work, and she is continuing to explore filmmaking and multi-media art.
She graduated from Pratt Institute in 2021 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting, with a minor in museum and gallery practices, and with highest honors.
Butto primarily uses her work as a means of analyzing and investigating her observations of the world--her work exists as a means to work out her theories. Her thesis focused on family dynamics and relationships, and she is continuing to analyze interpersonal relationships in her current work, though she is moving more towards analyzing friendships and platonic love and camaraderie.
She has received the first and second grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, which helped fund her education. In 2019, she attended a 5 week residency at Centre Pompadour in Ercourt, France, followed by two weeks and Greenwood Arts for two weeks. She is currently working at an antique store in Bushwick, NY, and focussing on building connections, making work, and adjusting to life outside of an institution.