Lauz Bechelli received her BA in studio art from the University of California, Davis and her MFA in studio art from the University of Texas, Austin. She currently teaches painting and drawing at the University of Texas, Austin and at the Les Tapies School of Art and Architecture in St. Pierreville, France.
Bechelli maintains an active art practice utilizing painting to attenuate found objects, providing perceptual opportunities for subject matter to seep into object matter. She is a 2021 recipient of a nine-month Fulbright-Nehru Research Fellowship Award in Vadodara, India where she collaborated with the department of Sanskrit, Pali, and Prakrit at the Maharaja Sayajirao University Baroda and Carbon Craft of Hubli. The grant culminated in an exhibition at Space Studios, Vadodara that showcased work centered on the Jain tenet of Anekāntavāda.
Prior to joining the Visual Arts Center, Bechelli worked as Interim Gallery Director for the Austin non-profit gallery, Women and Their Work, where she was part of their expansion into their permanent space on Cesar Chavez in 2020. While there, she oversaw their inaugural exhibition, Homecoming, Clay Matters, and shows featuring Rehab El Sadek, Jade Walker, and Lindy Chambers. She attended the Penland School of Craft residency, Chautauqua residency, and the Priyasri residency in Vadodara, India and has exhibited at Casa De Los Tres Mundos, Granada, Nicaragua; Chester Art Center, Chester, England; Visual Arts Center, Austin; Sense Gallery, Washington D.C.; Jonathan Hopson Gallery, Houston; Good Luck Have Fun Gallery, Austin; Space Studios, Vadodara, India.